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E. J. McGuire

Updated: 2017-03-14T04:50Z

Edward John "E. J." McGuire (June 26, 1952 – April 7, 2011) was an ice hockey coach and served as the director of the NHL Central Scouting Services. He earned his PhD in sports psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1990.[1]

Coaching career

A native of Buffalo, NY, McGuire was an assistant coach in the National Hockey League with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1984 to 1988 and the Chicago Blackhawks from 1988 to 1991. His first head coaching job was in 1991–92 with the Maine Mariners of the AHL, which the team ended out of the playoffs with 23–47–10 record. After being let go from that position, he returned to the NHL, this time with the Ottawa Senators.

After three years in Ottawa, he took his second head coaching position, this time in Canadian major juniors with the Ontario Hockey League's Guelph Storm. With the help of future NHLers, Herberts Vasiļjevs and Dan Cloutier, he led the Storm to the Hamilton Spectator Trophy, as the team with the highest point total in the regular season.[2] Guelph made the playoffs the next year, falling in the semifinals of the OHL Playoffs.

McGuire moved back into professional hockey in 1997, signing on as the head coach with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. After two playoff appearances in two years, he once again stepped back from coaching to focus on scouting. His last coaching position was as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2001–02. Afterwards, he began to do more work with the NHL Central Scouting Services

NHL Central scouting

McGuire was the director of NHL Central Scouting from 2005 to 2011. He usually gave his input on the rankings and was a desired interview by NHL media around the rankings time and the draft.



On April 7, 2011, McGuire died in Toronto from cancer (Leiomyosarcoma), aged 58.[3]

Coaching statistics

Through 2001–02 season[4]

1984–85Philadelphia FlyersNHLAssistant
1985–86Philadelphia FlyersNHLAssistant
1986–87Philadelphia FlyersNHLAssistant
1987–88Philadelphia FlyersNHLAssistant
1988–89Chicago BlackhawksNHLAssistant
1989–90Chicago BlackhawksNHLAssistant
1990–91Chicago BlackhawksNHLAssistant
1991–92Maine MarinersAHLHead8023471000.350No Playoffs
1992–93Ottawa SenatorsNHLAssistant
1993–94Ottawa SenatorsNHLAssistant
1994–95Ottawa SenatorsNHLAssistant
1995–96Guelph StormOHLHead664516500.720Lost in Finals
1996–97Guelph StormOHLHead663525600.576Lost in Semifinals
1997–98Hartford Wolf PackAHLHead8043241210.619Lost in Semifinals
1998–99Hartford Wolf PackAHLHead803831560.544Lost in Quarterfinals
2001–02Philadelphia FlyersNHLAssistant

See also


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Preceded by
Craig Hartsburg
Head coaches of the Guelph Storm
Succeeded by
George Burnett
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