Ottawa Senators hire Pierre McGuire
McGuire to become Senior VP of Player Development
Ottawa Senators Hire Pierre McGuire
What’s Happening: The Ottawa Senators have announced the hiring of Pierre McGuire as Senior Vice-President of Player Development. Regarding his position, according to Senators’ General Manager, Pierre Dorion, “Pierre [McGuire] will be in Ottawa. He’ll be very present in everything that we do as far as hockey.” Given a small management team, McGuire is expected to have a “big say,” like the others, and will provide an “unbiased view” for decision making.
Background: McGuire will be leaving his position as an Analyst for NBC Sports’ hockey coverage. McGuire has other broadcasting experience as a color commentator for the Montreal Canadiens and in numerous capacities for TSN. As for team experience, he comes with: scouting experience from the Pittsburgh Penguins; coaching experience from Hobart College, the Pittsburgh Penguins (Assistant), and the Hartford Whalers (Assistant and Head Coach); and Assistant General Manager experience from the Hartford Whalers. In 1992, McGuire won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins.
Bottom Line: McGuire is “super pumped” to join the Senators as he is very “bullish” on the team. He hopes to provide “lots of information” in a “multi-dimensional” role that assists the entire organization in decision making. This includes helping scouts, coaches, and other staff at both the NHL and AHL levels.
The Senators’ organization is equally as excited to have McGuire on board, including Senators’ Owner, Eugene Melnyk. They saw the hiring as a “no brainer,” with McGuire offering substantial knowledge and experience. If you’ve heard his “knowledge of where seemingly everyone in the NHL played pee-wee, junior, or college hockey” during past broadcasts, I’m sure you would agree with this sentiment.
Altogether, it looks to be a great match for both parties as the Senators work towards “taking the next step” in building an elite hockey team.