Some saddening news to pass along this evening, as NHL.com reports that EJ McGuire, Vice President of the NHL’s Central Scouting Service, has passed away after losing a battle with cancer at the age of 58. Speaking of McGuire, Bettman notes that “EJ loved hockey, he loved to watch it, he loved to coach it, he loved to analyze it, he loved to talk about it. He was among the pioneers of the use of computers for hockey scouting and analysis, and he did an incredible job of directing the Central Scouting Bureau, and we will miss him terribly.”
I would like to personally give my condolences to the McGuire family. He was a tremendously bright and enthusiastic individual who in the past, had taken time out of his very hectic schedule to speak with MLHS as part of our draft preview series in 2009. The hockey world has lost a truly classy human being.