Craig MacTavish Is Former NHL Coach

April 19, 2009

Craig MacTavish is the former NHL coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Read Craig MacTavish’s biography and see video after the jump.

Craig MacTavish has been relieved of his coaching duties from the Oilers. Here’s what MacTavish had to say about his former NHL job:

“For me this year started with a lot of promise and maybe some false hope based on how we played last year,” he said. “There was a lot of inadequacy in our game. The thing that was maybe more disappointing for me was our culture took a hit in terms of our work ethic and unselfishness. Just the universal commitment we’ve had here for so many years. There were a lot of nights as a coach I had to ask for more and sometimes the talk was pretty empty. It was a difficult year. A disappointing year in a lot of ways.”

Craig MacTavish Biography

As a biography, Craig MacTavish was born on August 15, 1958. He is the former head coach of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. In 1977 MacTavish played for two years on the UMass Lowell hockey team before being picked up by the Boston Bruins.

Over the course of his fourteen year career, MacTavish also played for the Edmonton Oilers, the New York Rangers and the St. Louis Blues. He is notorious for playing without a helmet. MacTavish did, however, take a year off in 1984 when he was sentenced to a one year stint in prison for vehicular homicide. MacTavish killed a twenty-six year old Maine women named Kim Radley. After his release from jail the NHL coach was released from his contract with the Bruins.

As for MacT’s coaching career he began as an assistant coach with the Rangers in 1997. After two seasons with the team he moved on to coach for the Oilers. In the 1999–2000 season he was promoted to the head coach position before being terminated on April 15, 2009.

More photos and a video of Craig MacTavish are below.

Craig MacTavish Video
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