Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oilers welcomed Craig MacTavish back to the fold on Monday, naming him senior vice president of hockey operations.
MacTavish had been dismissed by the organization three years ago, after lasting eight seasons (2000-09) as Oilers head coach. During that stretch, he amassed a regular-season record of 301-252-103 and a 19-17 mark in the playoffs.
The 53-year-old Ontario native was head coach for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League last year, guiding the club to a 42-27-7 record and a first-place finish in the Midwest Division.
The last player to skate in the NHL without a helmet, MacTavish totaled 213 goals and 267 assists in 1,093 career games with the Bruins, Oilers, Rangers, Flyers and Blues. He won four Stanley Cups, three with the Oilers (1987-88, 1990) and one while in New York (1994), before retiring after the 1996-97 season.