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(CBS) The Chicago Wolves named Craig MacTavish as their new head coach Monday.
MacTavish was the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers from 2000-09 and led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006. He becomes the eighth head coach in Wolves history and the first since the team agreed to an affiliation with the Vancouver Canucks.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Craig MacTavish to our organization,” Wolves general manager Wendell Young said in a statement. “This is an exciting time for the Wolves, between our new affiliation with Vancouver, a new group of players and now a new head coach in Craig MacTavish, and we are very much looking forward to seeing it all come together when the team hits the ice this season.”
MacTavish was an analyst for TSN the last two seasons and was a strong candidate for NHL head coach openings in Winnipeg and Minnesota this offseason. He compiled a 301-252-47-56 record and a .537 winning percentage in 656 games as head coach of the Oilers.
MacTavish also won four Stanley Cups during a 17-year playing career in the NHL.