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Marc Crawford

Marc Crawford
Marccrawford 2006nhlawards.jpg
Marc Crawford at the 2006 NHL Awards Ceremony
Born (1961-02-13) February 13, 1961 (age 58)
OccupationIce hockey coach, former player

Coaching career
PositionAssistant Coach
Previous team(s)Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Kings
Dallas Stars
Ottawa Senators
Chicago Blackhawks
Stanley Cup wins1996
Years as a coach1989–present
Years as an NHL coach1994–present
Ice hockey career
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Played for Milwaukee Admirals
Fredericton Express
Vancouver Canucks
Dallas Black Hawks
NHL Draft 70th overall, 1980
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1981–1989

Marc Joseph John Crawford (born February 13, 1961) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach. He has won the Stanley Cup in 1996 while coaching the Colorado Avalanche. Crawford is also a former professional ice hockey forward who played for the Vancouver Canucks.

Early life

During his teenage years, Crawford attended Nicholson Catholic College in Belleville, Ontario.[1] Marc is the brother of NHL hockey players Bob Crawford and Lou Crawford.

Playing career

Crawford played three seasons of major junior in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Cornwall Royals. During this time, the team won back-to-back Memorial Cups. Crawford was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft in the fourth round, 70th overall. He joined the Canucks in 1981–82. As a rookie, Crawford was a part of Vancouver's 1982 run to the Stanley Cup finals, in which the Canucks were defeated by the New York Islanders.

During his six seasons in the NHL, Crawford would split time between Vancouver and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Fredericton Express. As a result of constantly flying between the two cities, which are over 5,000 kilometers apart, he earned the nickname "747",[2] though most contemporary Canucks fans know him as "Crow", a nickname coined during his tenure as a head coach with the team. In total, Crawford tallied 19 goals, 31 assists and 50 points in 176 games during his NHL career. After a season in the International Hockey League with the Milwaukee Admirals, Crawford retired as a professional player.

Coaching career

Early coaching career

Immediately after retiring as a player, Crawford became a head coach in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Cornwall Royals, for whom he had previously played in the QMJHL. After two seasons with Cornwall, Crawford moved to the AHL, and in his first season with the St. John's Maple Leafs, he took his team to the 1992 Calder Cup finals, losing to the Adirondack Red Wings. The following season, Crawford was awarded the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's coach of the year.

In 1994–95, Crawford broke into the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques and achieved immediate success. As a result, he won the NHL's Jack Adams Award as coach of the year. He is the youngest NHL coach in history to win the Jack Adams.[3] The next season, the Nordiques franchise was relocated to Colorado as the Avalanche, and Crawford won his first and only Stanley Cup as a coach in 1996, defeating the Florida Panthers in four games in the finals.

Crawford would continue to post successful regular seasons with the Avalanche in the next two seasons, but after an early first-round exit in the 1998 playoffs, he resigned on May 27, 1998. Despite reportedly being offered a one-year contract extension by general manager Pierre Lacroix, Crawford decided to "move on and accept a new challenge".[4]

Before his resignation with the Avalanche, Crawford was also the head coach of the Canadian Olympic hockey team at the 1998 Olympics, where they finished a disappointing fourth. Many fans questioned his choice of players to take part in the semi-final shootout with the Czech Republic, in which they lost, electing not to use future Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky or Steve Yzerman.

Vancouver Canucks

After a brief stint as an analyst on Hockey Night in Canada,[3] Crawford replaced Mike Keenan as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks midway through the 1998–99 season. Joining Vancouver in the midst of a rebuilding period for the franchise, Crawford slowly developed the Canucks into a successful regular season team, playing a fast-paced and offensively emphasized style of play. After one-and-a-half seasons, he led Vancouver back to the playoffs. However, the Canucks were defeated in the first round by his former team, Colorado.

In 2002–03, Vancouver continued to improve under Crawford and posted a franchise record (since surpassed) of 104 points. The following season, they took the Northwest Division title from the Avalanche, who had finished first in their division every season since they won the Northeast Division during their last season playing in Quebec. Despite Vancouver's regular season success, they only managed to win one playoff series during Crawford's tenure. After the Canucks' failure to make the playoffs in the 2005–06 season, Crawford's position as head coach was terminated by management on April 25, 2006. He was replaced by Alain Vigneault.

In six-and-a-half seasons work with the Canucks, Crawford marked himself as the longest-serving and winningest head coach in franchise history, coaching 529 games and 246 wins. On February 3, 2006, one of his last games in Vancouver, he also became the third-youngest head coach in NHL history to reach 400 wins. At 48 years and 342 days, this mark trails only Scotty Bowman and Glen Sather.[5]

Later years

Nearly one month after being fired by Vancouver, Crawford was hired by the Los Angeles Kings, a team in a similar situation to that of the Canucks when Crawford first joined them. On June 10, 2008, Crawford was fired by the Kings, although he had one year remaining on his initial contract.[6] He lasted only two years with the Kings, who thought a change was necessary in the coaching position. During his two seasons with the Kings, he missed the playoffs both times, making the 2004 playoffs as his last playoff appearance as a head coach.

During the 2008–09 season, Crawford did color commentary for Hockey Night in Canada alongside play-by-play announcer Mark Lee.

A year after being fired from the Los Angeles Kings, Crawford was hired by Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk to replace previous head coach Dave Tippett.[7] The Stars fired Crawford on April 12, 2011, two days after the Stars' loss to the Minnesota Wild in the last game of the season, which ultimately cost the team the opportunity to capture the eighth playoff berth in the Western Conference.[8] Just like in LA, Crawford's tenure in Dallas lasted only two seasons.

In the summer of 2012, Crawford was named the new coach of the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A, having signed a two-year contract. He won the NLA championship with the Lions in the 2013–14 season. In March 2014, he signed a two-year contract extension.[9] In spring 2015, Crawford was responsible for convincing coveted draft prospect Auston Matthews to sign and play with the Lions for the 2015–16 season.[10] Crawford was awed by Matthews' play during the 2015 U18 Championships and contacted Matthews' family and agent about a contract. Crawford would lead the Lions to winning the 2016 Swiss Cup.[11] Crawford left ZSC when his contract expired in 2016.[12] Besides winning the 2014 Swiss championship and 2016 Swiss Cup, he also guided the Lions to three NLA regular season championship titles, in 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16.

In May 2016, following the hiring of Guy Boucher, Crawford was hired as associate coach for the Ottawa Senators.[13] On March 1, 2019, Crawford became the interim head coach of the Senators following the firing of Guy Boucher for the rest of the 2018–19 season going 7–10–1.[14] D. J. Smith was then hired as the Senators head coach for the 2019–20 season.[15]

On June, 4, 2019 The Chicago Blackhawks announced Crawford as an assistant coach to Jeremy Colliton.[16]

Awards and achievements

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L T OTL Pts Finish W L Win% Result
QUE 1994–95 48 30 13 5 65 1st in Northeast 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
COL 1995–96 82 47 25 10 104 1st in Pacific 16 6 .615 Won Stanley Cup
COL 1996–97 82 49 24 9 107 1st in Pacific 10 7 .588 Lost in Conference Finals
COL 1997–98 82 39 26 17 95 1st in Pacific 3 4 .429 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
QUE/COL total 294 165 88 41 371   31 21 .596 4 playoff appearances
1 Stanley Cup
VAN 1998–99 37 8 23 6 (22) 4th in Northwest Missed playoffs
VAN 1999–2000 82 30 29 15 8 83 4th in Northwest Missed playoffs
VAN 2000–01 82 36 28 11 7 90 4th in Northwest 0 4 .000 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
VAN 2001–02 82 42 30 7 3 94 2nd in Northwest 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
VAN 2002–03 82 45 23 13 1 104 2nd in Northwest 7 7 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
VAN 2003–04 82 43 24 10 5 101 1st in Northwest 3 4 .429 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
VAN 2005–06 82 42 32 8 92 4th in Northwest Missed playoffs
VAN total 529 246 189 62 32 583   12 19 .387 4 playoff appearances
LAK 2006–07 82 27 41 14 68 4th in Pacific Missed playoffs
LAK 2007–08 82 32 43 7 71 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
LAK total 164 59 84 21 139  
DAL 2009–10 82 37 31 14 88 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
DAL 2010–11 82 42 29 11 95 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
DAL total 164 79 60 25 183  
OTT 2018–19 18 7 10 1 (15) 8th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
OTT total 18 7 10 1 15  
Total 1,169 556 431 103 79 1,294   43 40 .518 8 playoff appearances

Moore incident

On February 16, 2004, when Crawford was coach of Vancouver, Colorado player Steve Moore concussed Vancouver captain Markus Näslund on a questionable hit. No penalty was called on the play, and the NHL later reviewed the incident and decided no penalty was warranted. However, Crawford was vocal about the incident and the failure of the NHL to respond.[17] During another game against Colorado on March 8, 2004, Todd Bertuzzi grabbed and punched Moore from behind, and rode him into the ice, causing Moore to suffer three broken vertebrae and multiple facial lacerations, which ultimately ended his career. According to a Colorado player, Crawford was laughing at the situation at the time it occurred and was the subject of substantial criticism following the incident.[18]

Crawford, along with Bertuzzi and the Canucks organization, were named as defendants in a $19+ million (US) lawsuit by Moore. According to the suit, following the February 16 incident, Crawford encouraged his players to seek revenge, which led in part to the injury to Moore. Specifically, Moore alleged that Crawford, Bertuzzi and former general manager Brian Burke entered into "an unlawful plan and agreement to assault, batter and injure Moore at a future date for the injuries that Näslund had suffered during the Feb. 16 game".[19] The Canucks were fined US$250,000 by the NHL for "...failure to prevent the atmosphere that may have led to the incident". As the case approached trial in 2014, Moore increased the damages claim to $68 million. In August 2014, the lawsuit concluded with all parties agreed to a confidential settlement.[20]


  1. ^ Nicholson Catholic College
  2. ^ "Marc Crawford". Escapeway, Inc. Retrieved April 18, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Marc Crawford". Archived from the original on August 15, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
  4. ^ "Coach Crawford resigns". New York Times. May 28, 1998. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
  5. ^ "On This Day". Archived from the original on April 28, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
  6. ^ "Kings fire head coach Marc Crawford". June 10, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
  7. ^ "Stars hire Marc Crawford". CBC Sports. June 11, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
  8. ^ Hunt, Steve (April 12, 2011). "Dallas Stars fire coach Marc Crawford". Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  9. ^ AG, VADIAN.NET. "Crawford bleibt bis 2016 ZSC-Trainer". (in German). Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Kennedy, Ryan. "Lights, Camera, Action". The Hockey News. TVA Group. 69 (15): 13–17.
  11. ^ "ZSC Lions gewinnen den Schweizer Cup: ZSC Lions zum dritten Mal Cupsieger". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "Actualité - Marc Crawford et les ZSC Lions, c'est fini | Planète Hockey". Planète Hockey. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "News Release: Marc Crawford named Ottawa Senators associate coach". NHL. May 9, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Marc Crawford named interim head coach of rebuilding Ottawa Senators". March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "Smith hired by Senators as coach". NHL. May 23, 2019.
  16. ^ "RELEASE: Blackhawks announce Crawford as Assistant Coach". Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  17. ^ TSN : NHL – Canada's Sports Leader
  18. ^ "Police investigate Canucks' Bertuzzi for hit on Moore". CBC News. March 10, 2004.
  19. ^ "Moore files lawsuit against Bertuzzi, Canucks". CBC News. February 18, 2005.
  20. ^ Strang, Katie (August 20, 2014). "Canucks settle with Steve Moore". ESPN. Retrieved March 30, 2016.

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Preceded by
Pierre Pagé
Head coach of the Quebec Nordiques
Succeeded by
Colorado Avalanche head coach
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Quebec Nordiques head coach
Head coach of the Colorado Avalanche
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Bob Hartley
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Jacques Lemaire
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
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Scotty Bowman
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Mike Keenan
Head coach of the Vancouver Canucks
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Alain Vigneault
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John Torchetti
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
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Terry Murray
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Dave Tippett
Head coach of the Dallas Stars
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Glen Gulutzan
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Guy Boucher
Head coach of the Ottawa Senators
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D. J. Smith