After a seven-year NHL career as a left winger for the Vancouver Canucks, Marc Crawford began his off-ice
hockey carer as general manager and head coach of the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Hockey League in
In July 1994, he was hired to coach the Quebec Nordiques, whom he led to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference and second place overall in the NHL.
He was named winner that season of the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL Coach of the Year, becoming the first rookie coach to win the award since its inception in 1974.
In his second season with the franchise, now the Colorado Avalanche, Crawford coached them to the Stanley
Cup championship. Just 35 years old at the time, Crawford was the third youngest coach since 1924 to lead a
team to a championship in their first year in a new city.