MacTavish, president LaForge receive extensions

Updated: July 20, 2006, 2:33 PM ET
Associated Press

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers gave coach Craig MacTavish and president Patrick LaForge four-year contract extensions on Thursday.

Craig MacTavish

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.

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