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Craig MacTavish coached Edmonton for eight seasons and made the playoffs three times, including a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup final in 2005-06. ((Carlos Osorio/Associated Press))

Former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish will be the bench boss for Team Canada at the 2009 Spengler Cup, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.

MacTavish was an assistant coach for Canada at the 2005 and 2008 world championships, and won silver both times.

"I'm excited to once again work with Hockey Canada and I look forward to teaming up with Doug [Shedden] and Sean [Simpson] on the road to gold," said MacTavish in a release.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every experience with Hockey Canada. I'm sure this will be no different."

Simpson acted as head coach of the Spengler Cup team for the previous two years, and Doug Shedden coached Canada to bronze at the 2009 world championships.

"This is an experienced coaching staff and we believe they can lead Canada to gold once again," said Johnny Misley, vice-president of hockey operations with Hockey Canada.

Canada lost to HC Dynamo Moscow of Russia in the final of last year's Spengler Cup, and last won gold in 2007.

The 50-year-old MacTavish was fired by the Oilers when the 2008-09 regular season ended, after Edmonton missed the playoffs for the third straight year. 

MacTavish coached Edmonton for eight seasons and made the playoffs three times, including a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup final in 2005-06.