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Craig William Hartsburg (born June 29, 1959 in Stratfordmarker, Ontariomarker) is a retired Canadianmarker professional hockey player and former head coach in the National Hockey League. He also coached in the Ontario Hockey League. He has previously been an NHL head coach with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Ottawa Senators. He played defence for ten seasons with the Minnesota North Stars of the NHL from 1979 until 1989. Hartsburg is currently the head coach of the Everett Silvertips.

Playing career

Hartsburg played three seasons of junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where he was a teammate of Wayne Gretzky's during the 1977–78 season. In Hartsburg's last two seasons with the Greyhounds, he averaged over a point per game. In 1977–78, Hartsburg represented Canada at the World Junior Championships, scoring five points in six games.

Hartsburg skipped his fourth and final junior season, deciding instead to turn pro with the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA in June 1978, as an underage free agent. Hartsburg amassed nine goals and 40 assists in his rookie professional season. With the collapse of the financially troubled WHA in 1979, Hartsburg was drafted 6th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

Hartsburg played 570 NHL games, over 10 seasons. He scored 98 goals and 315 assists, for 413 points. In 1981–82, his best offensive season, Hartsburg recorded 17 goals and 60 assists for 77 points, with a +11 plus-minus rating. Internationally, he represented Canada at the 1981 and 1987 Canada Cups. At the 1987 IIHF World Championships he was named the tournament's top defenseman. He played in the NHL All-Star game in 1980, 1982, and 1983.

Coaching career

After he retired as a player, Hartsburg immediately accepted an assistant coaching position with the North Stars for the 1989–90 season. He then became an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1990 to 1994. Longing for a head coaching position and in need of experience, he then accepted the head coaching position with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the 1994–95 season, before returning to the NHL as the head coach from 1995 to 1998 of the Chicago Blackhawks, ironically, one of the most bitter rivals of his longtime team in Minnesota. In 1998, he was named head coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the better part of three seasons before being replaced midseason in 2000–01.

He returned to coach junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL for one season, before returning to the Flyers as an assistant for two seasons. In 2004, he returned to the Greyhounds and served as the head coach until 2008. He also served as coach for the Canadian World Junior Team. He received a gold medal in the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, when Team Canada beat Russia 4-2. He was also the coach for Team Canada in the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships when Canada again won gold by beating Sweden 3-2 in overtime.

On Friday, June 13, 2008, he signed a three-year contract and was named head coach of the Ottawa Senators, replacing general manager Bryan Murray who had assumed interim coaching duties when John Paddock was fired on February 27, 2008. On February 1, 2009, Hartsburg was fired by the Senators following a disappointing 17-24-7 start to the 2008–09 season.

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League are expected to announce that Hartsburg will be their third head coach in franchise history.

Personal

Hartsburg and his wife, Peggy, have two children. Their son, Chris, 28, is a coach with the Colorado Eagles in the Central Hockey League, while their daughter Katie, 26, is a speech pathologist. Hartsburg lists Gretzky as the best player he has played with, and Chris Chelios as the best player he has coached. Hartsburg's favorite hobby is fishing.

Career statistics

Playing career

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 64 9 19 28 65 12 1 0 1 16
1976–77 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 61 29 64 93 142 9 0 11 11 27
1977–78 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 36 15 42 57 101 13 4 8 12 24
1978–79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 77 9 40 49 73
1979–80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 14 30 44 81 15 3 1 4 17
1980–81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 13 30 43 124 19 3 12 15 16
1981–82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 17 60 77 117 4 1 2 3 14
1982–83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 12 50 62 109 9 3 8 11 7
1983–84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 26 7 7 14 37
1984–85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 32 7 11 18 54 9 5 3 8 14
1985–86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 10 47 57 127 5 0 1 1 2
1986–87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 11 50 61 93
1987–88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 27 3 16 19 29
1988–89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 30 4 14 18 47
OHA totals 161 53 125 178 308 34 5 19 24 67
WHA totals 77 9 40 49 73
NHL totals 570 98 315 413 818 61 15 27 42 70


Coaching record

NHL

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
CHI 1995–96 82 40 28 14 94 2nd in Central Lost in second round
CHI 1996–97 82 34 35 13 81 5th in Central Lost in first round
CHI 1997–98 82 30 39 13 73 5th in Central Missed playoffs
ANA 1998–99 82 35 34 13 83 3rd in Pacific Lost in first round
ANA 1999–00 82 34 33 12 3 83 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
ANA 2000–01 33 11 15 4 3 (66) 5th in Pacific (Fired)
OTT 2008–09 48 17 24 7 (83) 5th in Northeast (Fired)
Total 491 201 208 69 13


Minor leagues

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
GUE 1994–95 66 47 14 5 99 1st in Central Lost in OHL Finals
SOO 2001–02 68 38 20 10 0 86 2nd in West Lost in first round
SOO 2004–05 59 31 19 8 1 (76) 1st in West Lost in first round
SOO 2005–06 68 29 31 8 66 4th in West Lost in first round
SOO 2006–07 68 37 23 8 82 3rd in West Lost in second round
SOO 2007–08 68 44 18 6 94 1st in West Lost in third round


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