E. J. McGuire

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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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Through 2001–02 season[4]

Season Team League Position GP W L T OTL Pct Result
1984–85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant
1985–86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant
1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL Assistant
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL Assistant
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL Assistant
1991–92 Maine Mariners AHL Head 80 23 47 10 0 0.350 No Playoffs
1992–93 Ottawa Senators NHL Assistant
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL Assistant
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL Assistant
1995–96 Guelph Storm OHL Head 66 45 16 5 0 0.720 Lost in Finals
1996–97 Guelph Storm OHL Head 66 35 25 6 0 0.576 Lost in Semifinals
1997–98 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL Head 80 43 24 12 1 0.619 Lost in Semifinals
1998–99 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL Head 80 38 31 5 6 0.544 Lost in Quarterfinals
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant

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