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Craig MacTavish, C

Position: Centre
HT/WT: 6'1", 195 lbs
Handedness: Left
Nickname(s): "Mac T"
Born: August 15th, 1958 in London, ON

- 4-time Stanley Cup Champion (1987, 1988, 1990, 1994)
- killed 48% of his teams penalties.
- Last player in NHL History to play without a helmet.
- scored 213 goals and 267 assists for 480 points in 1093 games, adding 891 penalty minutes.
- scored 20 goals and 38 assists for 58 points in 193 playoff games, adding 218 penalty minutes.

Top 10 Finishes:
Shorthanded Goals - 3x - (3, 8, 8)

Voting Record:

Selke Trophy Voting:

4th (89-90), 9th (90-91), 11th (91-92), 19th (87-88), 22nd (92-93), 24th (86-87)


Originally Posted by Glen Sather
He's a good skater and to me he's the kind of player you can't say no to. He's a player who doesn't come along every day.
Originally Posted by Gerry Cheevers
It was nice to see him get a couple right away. As hard as you work in this game, like Craig does, you need some breaks. I think those goals will give him confidence. He's always had a great camp for us. This year he really thought his job was in jeopardy. We had something like nine left wingers in camp - it was no secret that we were looking for someone to score. But Craig came out of it all right. He never said a word, never got depressed. He just kept working.
Legends of Hockey

Center Craig MacTavish played nearly 1,100 NHL games between 1979 and 1997. He was a tenacious checker and team leader who could also be dangerous in the offensive zone. The hard-nosed competitor was the last player in the NHL to ply his trade without a helmet. He entered the 2001-02 in his second year at the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Born in London, Ontario, MacTavish spent two years at The University of Lowell, a Division II school in Massachusetts where he was an all-American in 1979. He was taken 153rd overall by the Boston Bruins in 1978 and recorded 28 points in 46 games as a rookie in 1979-80 after starting the year in the AHL. Over the next two seasons, the young pivot spent more time in the minors working on his overall game. He returned in 1982-83 as a solid checker and penalty killer and helped the club reach the semifinals.
The veteran pivot's ability to win face-offs and keep his cool in big games helped the Blueshirts win their first Stanley Cup since 1940. MacTavish split his last two seasons between the Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues before retiring in 1997
Greatest Hockey Legends

"Mac T" proved to be an irreplaceable asset for the Oilers as he pivoted the checking line for close to 9 seasons and 3 Stanley Cup championships. He was also named as the Oilers captain from 1992 until 1994. Although his job was to do check the opposition so guys like Gretzky and Messier could light up the scoreboard, MacTavish posted some pretty decent numbers too. A strong skater, he scored 20 goals in 4 different seasons. MacTavish was a strong body checker, shot blocker and a great face-off specialist.
Toronto Star - May 17, 1987

The Red Wings shut down Gretzky, but that left them vulnerable to the powerful Messier. Craig MacTavish may be the best third line centre in the NHL. He's having an excellent playoff.
Great Moments: Flyers Battle to Brink of 1987 Stanley Cup

Beyond that formidable group, Edmonton boasted the likes of frequent 40-to-50 goal scorer Glenn Anderson, two-way talent and mega-pest Esa Tikkanen, solid defensemen Kevin Lowe and Charlie Huddy, shutdown center and top faceoff man Craig MacTavish and one of the toughest enforcers in NHL history in Marty McSorley
Ottawa Citizen - Feb. 13, 1985

Glen Sather was blunt Tuesday when he explained the reasons for signing ex-Boston Bruin forward Craig MacTavish to a two-year contract with the Oilers. "I'm not a do-gooder. That wasn't the object here. He made a mistake and he's paid for his error, but I want him because he's a whale of a player.
Boston Globe - Oct. 1, 1982

But it quickly became apparent that he intended to make Boston his permanent address. In 46 games, he scored 11 goals and left the overwhelming impression that he'd be an offensive force in the future.
Washington Post - May 3, 1994

No, [Craig MacTavish] is neither an idiot, nor a fool. At 35, he is the elder statesman on this Rangers squad and he predates the mandatory helmet rule, enforced for players entering the league after 1979.

Because of his age and experience, the Rangers grabbed MacTavish from the Edmonton Oilers in a March 21 trade for Todd Marchant. While with Edmonton, MacTavish had played with a number of current Rangers, including star center Mark Messier, so he fit in smoothly. He brought with him leadership and hustle.

One of MacTavish's main assignments in the Rangers' best-of-seven, second-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals is to shadow Capitals center Joe Juneau, a deft playmaker who rang up 19 goals and 66 assists this season.
New York Times - May 2, 1994

The rest, Leetch said, is just "common sense." Noonan, one of four players obtained at the trade deadline, scored his first at 16:28 of the first period, breaking a 1-1 tie, after some aggressive forechecking by Craig MacTavish, who forced the play along the right wing boards, followed the puck to the left side and outmuscled Juneau for it.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Sep. 23, 1995

Center Craig MacTavish will be out of action for about 2 1/2 weeks because of arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, Flyers coach Terry Murray said yesterday. MacTavish, a 15-year veteran who specializes in killing penalties, injured his ankle in July when he stepped awkwardly off a curb.

The career of Craig MacTavish could be summed up in one word: brilliant. He made use of the limited skills he possessed and turned it into a lengthy stay at the worlds top league. He then took those skills he had and carried them out over his 19 season on the ice.


Not only did he realize his offensive side with the Oilers, scoring 23 goals his first season their (the most of his career) but he would demonstrate his faceoff and backchecking skills as well.

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