Craig MacTavish fired after eight games as coach of KHL’s Lokomotiv


Former Edmonton Oilers general manager and head coach Craig MacTavish. (Jason Franson/CP)

Craig MacTavish’s stint with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl is already over.

The Kontinental Hockey League team fired its head coach Tuesday just eight games into the regular season.

MacTavish was hired by the Russian club back in May.

Lokomotiv registered three wins and five losses under the 61-year-old, including Monday’s 4-1 defeat to Jokerit Helsinki.

MacTavish served as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers from 2000 to 2009, going 301-252-103, and returned as a senior vice-president of hockey operations in 2012.

He took over as general manager the following year, but lasted just two seasons and was re-assigned within the organization.

MacTavish won four Stanley Cups as a player — three with Edmonton and one with the New York Rangers — and led the Oilers to the 2006 final, where they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games.

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