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MacTavish, president LaForge receive extensions

7/20/2006 - Edmonton Oilers

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

Craig MacTavish 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.