Wolves hire Craig MacTavish

The AHL Chicago Wolves hired former Edmonton Oilers coach and player Craig MacTavish as their head coach.

The move was done in conjunction with the Vancouver Canucks, who are the Wolves' new NHL affiliate.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Craig MacTavish to our organization," Wolves general manager Wendell Young said in a statement. "This is an exciting time for the Wolves, between our new affiliation with Vancouver, a new group of players and now a new head coach in Craig MacTavish, and we are very much looking forward to seeing it all come together when the team hits the ice this season."

MacTavish, 52, guided the Oilers to the 2006 Stanley Cup finals. He had a 301-252-47-56 record as an NHL head coach in Edmonton.