|CRAIG HARTSBURG, Associate Coach|
Craig Hartsburg was named associate coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 20, 2012, joining the club after spending the 2011-12 campaign as associate coach with the Calgary Flames. He brings over two decades of coaching experience to Columbus, including stints as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks from 1995-98, Anaheim Ducks from 1998-2001 and Ottawa Senators in 2008-09. He led his clubs to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three of his five full seasons as a head coach and also served as an assistant coach with the Minnesota North Stars (1989-90) and Philadelphia Flyers (1990-94, 2002-04).
Prior to joining the Flames, Hartsburg spent two seasons as the head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips, leading the club to a 75-54-16 record and a pair of playoff appearances from 2009-11, and was named 2010 WHL Western Conference Coach of the Year. He posted a 181-117-42 record with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2001-02 (OHL Coach of the Year) and 2004-08, leading the club to a pair of West Division titles. In 1994-1995, he guided the OHL’s Guelph Storm to a 47-14-5 mark and the Central Division championship, earning Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year honors.
Hartsburg has been a part of Team Canada coaching staffs that won three-straight gold medals at the World Junior Championships. As head coach, he led Team Canada to consecutive gold medals at the 2007 and 2008 WJC tournaments and was an assistant coach to Brent Sutter when the squad won gold at the 2006 tournament.
A defenseman, Hartsburg was the first pick, sixth overall, of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1979 NHL Draft and went on to play 10 seasons with the club, registering 98-315-413 with 818 penalty minutes in 570 games from 1979-89. He helped the North Stars advance to the 1981 Stanley Cup Final and appeared in the 1980, 1982 and 1983 All-Star Games. His best season was 1981-82, when he set career highs for goals, assists and points, 17-60-77, in 76 games.
Hartsburg played junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 1975-78 and made his professional debut with the World Hockey Association’s Birmingham Bulls in 1978-89. He also represented Canada at the 1978 World Junior Championships and the 1981 and 1987 Canada Cup Tournaments, and was named the top defenseman at the 1987 World Championships.
Hartsburg was born on June 29, 1959 in Stratford, Ontario. He and his wife, Peggy, are the parents of son, Chris and daughter, Katie, and grandparents to Colin and Blake.