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The KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hired Craig MacTavish as the team's head coach on Thursday, announcing a two-year deal for the former Edmonton Oilers bench boss.
MacTavish served as head coach of the Oilers from 2000-09. He later returned to the team as a senior vice president in 2012 and then served as general manager from 2013-15. When the Oilers hired Peter Chiarelli in 2015, MacTavish was moved into a vice-president of hockey operations role.
The 60-year-old has a 301-252-47-56 record as an NHL head coach and guided the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006, when they fell in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes.
As a player, MacTavish appeared in 1,093 NHL games from 1979-1996 and won four Stanley Cups, three with the Oilers and one with the New York Rangers.