MacTavish, president LaForge receive extensions
EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers gave coach Craig MacTavish and president Patrick LaForge four-year contract extensions on Thursday.
MacTavish guided the Oilers to their first Stanley Cup final since 1990. They lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7.
"From his role as a team captain while a player, to his tenure as coach of the Oilers, Craig has been a superb leader," Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe said. "He has the unique ability of being demanding of the players, but he also has a great understanding of what makes today's NHL player successful."
The 47-year-old MacTavish has a 190-139-47-34 record in five seasons with the Oilers.
Laforge took over as president and CEO in 2000.
Before retiring as a member of the St. Louis Blues following the 1996-97 season, MacTavish played with the Oilers for more than 8 1/2 campaigns, winning three Stanley Cups and serving as team captain. He was traded in 1993-94 to the New York Rangers, helping them end their 54-year championship drought that postseason.
MacTavish also skated for the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers during his 17-year playing career.
Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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