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Encyclopedia > Craig MacTavish
Position Center
Shot Left
Nickname MacT, Radish
Height
Weight
ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Pro Clubs Edmonton Oilers
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
St. Louis Blues
Nationality Flag of Canada Canada
Born August 15, 1958,
London, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 153rd overall, 1978
Boston Bruins
Pro Career 1979 – 1997

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Career

MacTavish is the last player in NHL history to play without a helmet. He will always be remembered as the player who took the last faceoff for the New York Rangers in Game Seven of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks with 1.6 seconds remaining, to solidify the win and break the Rangers' 54-year Stanley Cup "Curse". The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... The Curse of 1940 is a superstitious explanation for why the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League didnt win the leagues championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, from 1940 to 1994. ...


MacTavish played two years of NCAA hockey with the University of Massachusetts Lowell, from 1977 to 1979. He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft with their 9th pick, 153rd overall, and spent the next several years splitting time between the Bruins and various American Hockey League teams. He finally made the Bruins for good in 1982-83 and played two full seasons with them. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The University of Massachusetts Lowell is one of five University of Massachusetts campuses. ... The NHL Entry Draft is a collective meeting in which the franchises of the National Hockey League systematically select the rights to available amateur players who meet the eligibility requirements to play professional hockey in the NHL. // History The first NHL Amateur Draft was held on June 5, 1963 at... The American Hockey League (AHL) is regarded as the top professional hockey league in North America outside the National Hockey League (NHL) for which it serves as the primary developmental circuit. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. ...


MacTavish missed 1984-85 after being convicted of vehicular homicide, having struck and killed a young woman while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. (MacTavish pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol in an accident the night of January 25, 1984 in Peabody, MA. Kim Radley, 26, of West Newfield, ME, died four days later of injuries sustained in the crash.[1]) MacTavish spent a year in jail as punishment for this offence. While incarcerated, he did manage to watch most of the games that were televised. After MacTavish was released from prison, the Bruins, feeling he deserved a fresh start, subsequently offered to let him out of his contract. MacTavish accepted. The 1984-85 NHL season was the 68th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Vehicular homicide is in most places a criminal act involving the killing of a life by hitting it with a vehicle. ... Vehicular homicide is in most places a criminal act involving the killing of a life by hitting it with a vehicle. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Widely viewed at the time as a personal favour from Edmonton general manager Glen Sather to his best friend, then-Bruins' general manager Harry Sinden, the Oilers took a chance on MacTavish and signed him for the 1985-86 season. Sather's gamble turned out to be a good one, as MacTavish spent eight full seasons with the Oilers, helping the Oilers win three Stanley Cups and serving as team captain from 1992 to 1994. MacTavish was traded to the New York Rangers in 1994, just in time to help several other former Oilers (including Adam Graves and Mark Messier) win the Stanley Cup for the Blueshirts. The next season MacTavish signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent, and was traded to the St. Louis Blues during the 1995-96 season. MacTavish retired following the 1996-97 season. He had been the last helmetless player, having begun his career before helmets became mandatory (then-current players were allowed to remain bare-headed under a grandfather clause). Glen Sather (born September 2, 1943) in High River, Alberta, Canada) was a left wing in the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League. ... Harry Sinden (born September 14, 1932 in Collins Bay, Ontario, Canada) was the coach of the Canadian national mens hockey team during the 1972 Summit Series and the American national womens hockey team during the 1998 Winter Olympics. ... The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The New York Rangers (NYR) are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Adam Graves, playing for the New York Rangers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The St. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... // A helmet is a form of protective clothing worn on the head and usually made of metal or other hard substance, such as Kevlar, resin fiber, or plastic typically for protection of the head in combat, or in civilian life, from sports injuries, falling objects or high-speed collisions. ... In American English, a Grandfather clause is an exception that allows an old rule to continue to apply to some existing situations, when a new rule will apply to all future situations. ...


MacTavish didn't leave the game, however, returning for the 1997-98 season as an assistant coach with the Rangers. After two seasons in the Big Apple, he joined the Oilers as an assistant coach in the 1999-2000 season. He was subsequently promoted to the top job after head coach Kevin Lowe moved into the general manager position. Kevin Lowe (born April 15, 1959) in Lachute, Quebec, was a defenceman in the National Hockey League. ...


In the 2005-06 season, MacTavish led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the first round of the playoffs, MacTavish shocked the hockey world by utilizing a trapping defensive system to neutralize a potent Detroit Red Wings offense. This closed defensive system, while popular in the pre-2004 lockout NHL, had been deemed by many unworkable under the league's new anti-obstruction regulations. However, instead of the "clutch and grab" style of play which characterizes the traditional "trap", the Oilers were able to deny scoring chances by blocking shots with their bodies – something for which MacTavish was known for during his playing career. This proved effective; the eighth-seeded Oilers won the opening round 4-2, against the #1 seed, the Detroit Red Wings. Along the way the Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, by scores of 4-2 and 4-1 respectivly. The Oilers then lost a thrilling seven-game 2006 Stanley Cup Playoff Finals series to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Oilers had not reached the Stanley Cup Finals since 1990 – during MacTavish's playing tenure in Edmonton. Image:Stanleycuptrophy. ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise located in Detroit, Michigan. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California. ... The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, commonly referred to as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. ... The NHL unveiled a new logo for the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team in Raleigh, North Carolina. ...


On November 4th, 2006, one day after the Oilers lost to the Dallas Stars due to a blown call in the last five seconds of the third period by referee Mick McGeough, MacTavish was fined $10,000 for expressing his anger after the game, referring to the call as "retarded". After this incident, Oilers fans collected over $10,000 and gave it to MacTavish, who subsequently donated the money to charity. The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


Notable achievements

  • MacTavish's career NHL regular season totals include 1,093 games played, with 213 goals and 267 assists for 480 points and 891 penalty minutes.
  • He played another 193 playoff games, scoring 20-38-58 with 218 PIM.
  • He was most noted for his stellar defensive play and was also known as a good faceoff man.
  • He won four Stanley Cups (three with the Oilers, one with Rangers) and, despite his low

draft status, played in more NHL regular season games than any other player taken in his draft year. NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... A season is one of the major divisions of the year, generally based on yearly periodic changes in weather. ... Events Cao Cao, the prime minister of the Han dynasty, is given ten cities as his territories and the title Wei Gong (noble of Wei). ... Events Goths launch one of the first major barbarian invasions of the Roman Empire. ... See also: Assist (sports) ASSIST (the Assembler System for Student Instruction and Systems Teaching) is an IBM System/370-compatible assembler and interpreter developed in the 1970s at Penn State University by John Mashey. ... Events Odoacer defeats an attempt by Julius Nepos to recapture Italy, and has Julius killed; Odoacer also captured Dalmatia. ... Events October 6 - Election of Pope Formosus Arnulf of Carinthia defeats the Normans at the Battle of Leuven Births Abd ar-Rahman III, emir and first caliph of Córdoba. ... Events June 1 – Roman Emperor Didius Julianus is assassinated in his palace. ... Events Roman Empire Tiberias is built on the Sea of Galilee by Herod Antipas, in honour of Tiberius. ... For alternate uses, see Number 38. ... Events The Ficus Ruminales begins to die (see Rumina) Start of Yongping era of the Chinese Han Dynasty. ... Events May 16 - Heliogabalus is acclaimed as Roman Emperor. ... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ...

  • His teams only once failed to make the playoffs (92-93 Oilers, although the next year he

played 66 games with the non-playoff Oilers). A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ...

  • To many casual fans, he might be known as the guy who tore out the tongue of the opposing team's mascot (Harvey The Hound) in a 2003 game against the Calgary Flames.
  • MacTavish was an All-Star player in 1996.

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See also

This is a list of National Hockey League head coaches (as of August 7, 2005): Current Teams Historical Teams Head Coaches of the Atlanta Flames Head Coaches of the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies Head Coaches of the Hartford Whalers Head Coaches of the Hamilton Tigers and Quebec Bulldogs... National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups Current players List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36...

External link

  • Oilers Heritage - Craig MacTavish
Preceded by
Kevin Lowe
Head Coaches of the Edmonton Oilers
2000 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Kevin Lowe
Edmonton Oilers captains
1992-94
Succeeded by
Shayne Corson

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Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Craig MacTavish (482 words)
Craig MacTavish (Born August 15, 1958 in London, Ontario, Canada.) is a former National Hockey League centre.
MacTavish played two years in the NCAA with the University of Lowell, from 1977 to 1979.
MacTavish spent a year in prison for vehicular manslaughter after he struck and killed a young woman while he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Craig MacTavish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1018 words)
Craig MacTavish (born August 15, 1958 in London, Ontario, Canada) is the head coach of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers.
MacTavish missed 1984-85 after being convicted of vehicular homicide, having struck and killed a young woman while he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
MacTavish was traded to the New York Rangers in 1994, just in time to help several other former Oilers (including Adam Graves and Mark Messier) win the Stanley Cup for the Blueshirts.
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