The Life and Times of Craig MacTavish

This past Monday, the Oilers hired Craig MacTavish as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations. Of course, MacTavish is well-known to Oiler fans, having served the franchise as player and coach. Below are some of the highs and lows of MacTavish’s life thus far. (Hopefully, a future high will be an Oilers’ Stanley Cup victory in the near future!)

  • Born on Aug. 15, 1958 in London, Ontario.
  • Drafted by the Bruins in the ninth round (153rd overall) of the 1978 NHL draft.
  • Known as the last NHL player to play without a helmet.
  • Played for five teams (Bruins, Oilers, Rangers, Flyers, Blues) during his NHL career (1979-97).
  • Suspended for the entire 1984-85 season for being convicted of vehicular homicide.
  • Signed as a free agent by the Oilers on Feb. 1, 1985.
  • Traded by the Oilers to the Rangers for Todd Marchant on March 21, 1994.
  • Took the last faceoff for the Rangers in game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals with only 1.1 seconds left.
  • Signed as a free agent by the Flyers on July 6, 1994.
  • Traded by the Flyers to the Blues for Dale Hawerchuk on March 15, 1996.
  • Named to the 1996 NHL All-Star team.
  • Played in 1093 NHL games, scoring 213 goals and tallying 267 assists (480 points).
  • Scored 29 short-handed goals in his career.
  • Played for four Stanley Cup winning teams (1987, 1988, 1990 Oilers and 1994 Rangers).
  • Named head coach of the Oilers on June 22, 2000.
  • Ripped the tongue out of the mouth of Flames’ mascot Harvey the Hound on Jan. 20, 2003 (see video below).
  • Guided the Oilers to game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals.
  • Fined $10,000 for calling referee Mick McGeough “retarded” after an Oilers’ loss on Nov. 4, 2006.
  • Fired as coach of the Oilers on April 15, 2009.

Welcome back, MacT!

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  • Artful_Puck

    @jonrmcleod My favorite has to be the Harvey the Hound incident! :)

    • jonrmcleod

      @Artful_Puck Can’t find a video of it anywhere.

      • Artful_Puck

        @jonrmcleod That’s too bad! That would be well worth viewing. :-)

      • Artful_Puck

        @jonrmcleod here it is! :-) http://t.co/AmkIUexK

        • jonrmcleod

          @Artful_Puck Thanks! I’ll have to add that to the post.

        • Artful_Puck

          @jonrmcleod You are welcome! Credit goes to @AHLBarons who passed it along to me.

  • ryan_batty

    It took a couple days but @jonrmcleod has found a video of MacT ripping out Harvey the Hound’s tongue. Classic stuff. http://t.co/98DAyRK3

    • jonrmcleod

      @ryan_batty Actually, @Artful_Puck sent the link to me who received it from @AHLBarons.

      • ryan_batty

        @jonrmcleod Really. That video is awesome, I wouldn’t have thought it’d be that hard to find. @artful_puck @ahlbarons

  • ibleedoil

    @OilOnWhyte I could watch that video all day.

    • OilOnWhyte

      @ibleedoil I want to know what Harvey says to MacT after the tongue was detached and thrown. You know Harvey said something. #Oilers

      • ibleedoil

        @OilOnWhyte Kinda hard to say anything without a tongue.

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