A Craig MacTavish player has his head on a swivel, always aware of danger and possessing necessary discipline: it’s about what you accomplish with the puck, and it’s also about what you leave. Shawn Horcoff is the obvious example people mention in regard to MacT’s mentoring for the Oilers, but I’d throw Fernando Pisani and the electric Ales Hemsky into the discussion too.
I can say that this is the first hire in quite some time at the pro level that makes sense emotionally and intellectually. Craig MacTavish has a fine brain, and when he speaks to the fans through the media I sense he believes he is talking to someone who can understand the salient and the subtle.
Craig MacTavish was an excellent teacher of the game to players, fans and media during his time as Oilers coach. His loyalty is clearly enormous–he suggested Shawn Horcoff for Team Canada–and he is a communicator of ideas and creative in his problem solving.
I don’t know that I’m MacT’s most vocal fan, didn’t even know how famous he’s become. This is an excellent hire. I’m going to have a beer, and then I’m having another one.
PS, MacT was featured many times on this blog, if you want to check out the past click on ‘mact’ tag above. The media conference is schelued for 4:30 and available at Team 1260′s website.
Post media conference comments:
- MacT is a master in front of the media. Smooth, intelligent, sincere and funny. God I feel better about being an Oiler fan just knowing he’s there.
- Based on Steve Tambellini’s opening comments, I have no idea about the job MacT has been hired to do. Suspect it won’t matter long term. I can’t imagine Steve Tambellini lasting in his job for long.