Craig Hartsburg to coach Senators: report

Craig Hartsburg will be introduced Friday as the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators, the Sault Star reported Thursday.

Craig Hartsburg will be the next head coach of the Ottawa Senators, the Sault Star reported Thursday.

Hartsburg, who turns 49 on June 29, reportedly reached contract terms with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and will be introduced as head coach on Friday.

According to the Ottawa Sun, the Senators wanted Kitchener Rangers head coach Peter DeBoer, who supposedly met Wednesday with Melnyk at his home in Barbados. 

"They [initial reports] overreacted yesterday," a source told The Star. "Everybody assumed that because he [DeBoer] went down there, it was a done deal."

The Los Angeles Kings have expressed an interest in DeBoer, but rumours surfaced Thursday that he might serve as Hartsburg's associate coach in Ottawa.

Hartsburg recently completed a fifth season as head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

He also won a third consecutive gold medal with Canada's national junior team at the world championships — the first coming as an assistant coach under Brent Sutter and the last two as head coach. 

Hartsburg, a former defenceman, was selected sixth overall by the Minnesota Stars in the 1979 NHL draft.

The Stratford, Ont., native totalled 98 goals and 315 assists for 413 points in 570 games over 10 NHL seasons with the Stars.

He later served as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks (1995-98) and Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1998-2000).

With files from the Canadian Press