Pierre McGuire has moved from Inside the Glass to the Ottawa Senators Front Office.
The Senators announced early Monday that McGuire, 59, had been hired as senior vice president of player development. The former NBC hockey analyst, whose run with the network ended after 15 years this month, will work closely with general manager Pierre Dorion and team owner Eugene Melnyk.
“On behalf of the entire Senators organization, I would like to welcome Pierre McGuire back to Ottawa,” Melnyk said in a statement. “We are very excited to add Pierre to our hockey management group. His experience will be crucial as we continue to build an elite team. Pierre’s knowledge of the game and his players is highly valued and I am confident he will be ours.” Team as positive. ” it goes to the next level. “
McGuire began in the 1990 NHL as a scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins and was assistant coach to Scotty Bowman from 1991-92 when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. McGuire joined the Hartford Whalers as an assistant coach, eventually adding assistant GM and head coaching roles to his résumé, and headed Hartford Bank as the league’s youngest head coach for the 1993/94 season (23-37-7).
After that time at Hartford, he was a scout for the Senators and served briefly as co-head coach from 1995-96.
McGuire is best known for his work as a TV hockey analyst, first with TSN in Canada and then with NBC when the station acquired the US broadcast rights for the NHL in 2005-06. His extensive knowledge of the biographies and careers of players, and how often he referred to them during the game, made him both popular and notorious with viewers.
He was also a pioneer of NBC’s “Inside the Glass” color commentary model, as NBC built a glass box between the benches to give its analysts a view of what’s going on at ice height and better access to coaches and players.
While working for NBC, McGuire tried to become general manager in the NHL. He interviewed the Montreal Canadiens, Penguins, Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning for their vacancies. McGuire was rumored to be a candidate for the Senator’s GM job back in 2011.