Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig MacTavish
Center Craig MacTavish played nearly 1,100 NHL games between 1979 and 1997. He was a tenacious checker and team leader who could also be dangerous in the offensive zone. The hard-nosed competitor was the last player in the NHL to ply his trade without a helmet. He entered the 2001-02 in his second year at the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Born in London, Ontario, MacTavish spent two years at The University of Lowell, a Division II school in Massachusetts where he was an all-American in 1979. He was taken 153rd overall by the Boston Bruins in 1978 and recorded 28 points in 46 games as a rookie in 1979-80 after starting the year in the AHL. Over the next two seasons, the young pivot spent more time in the minors working on his overall game. He returned in 1982-83 as a solid checker and penalty killer and helped the club reach the semifinals.

After scoring 43 points in 1983-84, MacTavish was a involved in an automobile accident that forced him to miss the next season. He signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers and spent nearly nine years with the organization. MacTavish recorded four 20-goal seasons and played a major role on Edmonton's Stanley Cup triumphs in 1987, 1988 and 1990. In 1992 he was named team captain and held this position until he was traded to the New York Rangers late in the 1993-94 season.

The veteran pivot's ability to win face-offs and keep his cool in big games helped the Blueshirts win their first Stanley Cup since 1940. MacTavish split his last two seasons between the Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues before retiring in 1997. After hanging up his skates he immediately looked to begin a career in coaching. The respected veteran spent two years as an assistant with the New York Rangers. In 1999-00, MacTavish was Kevin Lowe's assistant in Edmonton before taking over the bench boss job the next season. He guided the Oilers to 39 wins in his first years as an NHL coach and looked to take the club deep into the Western Conference playoffs in 2001-02.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 U. of Massachusetts-Lowell ECAC-2 21 26 19 45
1978-79 U. of Massachusetts-Lowell ECAC-2 31 36 52 88
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 46 11 17 28 8 +16 10 2 3 5 7
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 34 17 15 32 29
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 24 3 5 8 13 -1
1980-81 Springfield Indians AHL 53 19 24 43 81 7 5 4 9 8
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1981-82 Erie Blades AHL 72 23 32 55 37
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 75 10 20 30 18 +15 17 3 1 4 18
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 70 20 23 43 35 +9 1 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHLMGNT
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 23 24 47 70 +17 10 4 4 8 11
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 20 19 39 55 +9 21 1 9 10 16
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 15 17 32 47 -3 19 0 1 1 31
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 21 31 52 55 +10 7 0 1 1 8
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 21 22 43 89 +13 22 2 6 8 29
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 17 15 32 76 -1 18 3 3 6 20
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 12 18 30 98 -1 16 3 0 3 28
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 10 20 30 110 -16
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 66 16 10 26 80 -20
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 12 4 2 6 11 +6 23 1 4 5 22
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 45 3 9 12 23 +2 15 1 4 5 20
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 55 5 8 13 62 -3
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 13 0 1 1 8 -6 13 0 2 2 6
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 50 2 5 7 33 -12 1 0 0 0 2
1997-1999 New York Rangers NHLMGNT
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 1093 213 267 480 891 193 20 38 58 218


NCAA (College Div.) East All-American Team (1979) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996) Suspended for entire 1984-85 season after being convicted of vehicular homicide, May, 1984. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, February 1, 1985. Traded to NY Rangers by Edmonton for Todd Marchant, March 21, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 6, 1994. Traded to St. Louis by Philadelphia for Dale Hawerchuk, March 15, 1996.
Named Head Coach of Edmonton Oilers, June 22, 2000.