Pierre McGuire has been involved with hockey and the NHL as a player, coach, manager, player development and broadcaster/analyst for more than four decades.
Born in New Jersey and raised in Montreal, McGuire played college hockey at Hobart in New York. After a year playing in Europe, he broke into coaching at his alma mater in 1983 (on a $400 yearly salary) before joining the staff at Babson College in the mid-’80s. While coaching at St. Lawrence University, a chance encounter with Hockey Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman dramatically changed the trajectory of his career.
As a scout and assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, McGuire was involved in two Stanley Cup championships. He was later an assistant GM and head coach with the Hartford Whalers for the 1993-94 season, and an assistant with the Ottawa Senators. While serving as a head coach in the ECHL, McGuire took the opportunity to join the media side of hockey and became a broadcast analyst for the Montreal Canadiens. He then spent the next 20 years as an ubiquitous voice in hundreds of NHL broadcasts.
McGuire spent the 2021-22 season with the Ottawa Senators as Senior Vice President of Player Development.