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Craig MacTavish named Chicago Wolves head coach

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With the Wolves now the American Hockey League partner of the Vancouver Canucks -- the hated rival of the Blackhawks -- every move they make garners a little more attention.

On Monday, the Wolves finally announced that former NHL coach Craig MacTavish will be their next head coach.

MacTavish, who compiled a 301-252-47-56 record in eight seasons with the Edmonton Oilers from 2000 to 2009, will be in charge of developing the Canucks' prospects and maintaining the Wolves' winning ways.

"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 takes over for Don Lever, who was not renewed after last season. MacTavish spent the last seasons with Canada's TSN as an analyst. He led the eighth-seeded Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, falling to the Carolina Hurricanes.

MacTavish is considered the last player to play without a helmet. He played in 1,093 games during his 19-year career. He won the Stanley Cup four times: three with the Oilers (1987, 1998, 1990) and once with the New York Rangers (1994).

But he's also remembered for missing the 1984-85 season season after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol after striking and killing a woman in Massachusetts in January of 1984. MacTavish was a member of the Boston Bruins at the time. After spending a year in prison, he joined the Oilers.

In July, the Hawks named longtime AHL assistant Ted Dent their head coach of the Rockford IceHogs after Bill Peters left for an assistant coaching position with Detroit Red Wings.

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