1998 Olympic Winter Games

Player Profile

Marc Crawford
Head Coach

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 1987.
The Belleville, ON, native coached the Royals for two seasons before acceptinga job as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs farm club in Saint John's, Newfoundlandin 1991. In three seasons there, the AHL Maple Leafs won two AHL Atlantic Divisiontitles.

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.

Key Career Accomplishments

  • Assistant coach with silver medal-winning Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in September 1996
  • Won Stanley Cup Championship in 1996 as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche
  • Awarded the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL Coach of the Year in 1995, his rookie season in the league
  • Coached the Saint John's Maple Leafs to the American Hockey League finals in 1992
  • Named AHL Coach of the Year in 1992