Sports | July 12, 2021 12:40 pm

Longtime Hockey Analyst Pierre McGuire Joins Ottawa Senators’ Front Office

The 59-year-old will join the NHL team as the new senior vice president of player development

Hockey analyst Pierre McGuire wearing a mic. McGuire was recently appointed VP of player development for the Ottawa Senators.
Hockey analyst Pierre McGuire looks on during warmups.
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With National Hockey League broadcasts moving over to ESPN and Turner Sports starting next season, longtime NHL analyst Pierre McGuire is moving from NBC’s broadcast booth to the Ottawa Senators’ front office.

McGuire, who began his television broadcasting career with TSN in 2002, will join the team as the senior vice president of player development and work closely with Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

A former assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins who later joined the Hartford Whalers where he served as an assistant coach, assistant general manager and eventual head coach, 59-year-old McGuire is tasked with helping to turn the Senators, who finished at 23-28 in the all-Canadian North division during the 2020-21 season, into Stanley Cup contenders.

While working for NBC, McGuire attempted to return to a general manager job in the NHL and interviewed with the Montreal Canadiens, Penguins, Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as the Senators. That persistence and patience has apparently paid off.

“On behalf of the entire Senators organization, I would like to welcome Pierre McGuire back to Ottawa,” said team owner Eugene Melnyk. “We are excited to add Pierre to our hockey management group. His experience will be instrumental as we continue to build an elite team. Pierre’s knowledge of the game and its players is highly regarded and I am confident that he will positively assist our team as it progresses to the next level.”

Advancing to a higher level shouldn’t be all that difficult as the Senators have missed the playoffs for the past four seasons.