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TWO MINUTES with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1Classy move by the NHL at the start of the fitness testing portion of its scouting combine Friday with a tribute to former Central Scouting Service E.J. McGuire, the first coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack.

McGuire died in April from a rare form of cancer. Jim Gregory, a former general manager and senior NHL hockey operations member, opened with moving remarks about his close friend. Gregory’s comments were followed by a video homage to McGuire and his work in the hockey community.

McGuire was a longtime assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks (under coach Mike Keenan) and also coached the Wolf Pack and Maine Mariners in the AHL and the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm.

As Mariners coach in the 1991-92 season, McGuire oversaw Bruins players and prospects, including current broadcasters and analysts Andy Brickley, Bob Beers and Barry Pederson. He coached the Wolf Pack in 1997-98 and 1998-99 before John Paddock took over and led the team to its only Calder Cup title.

I didn’t cover the Wolf Pack while E.J. was coach, but he was always quite personable and informative when we chatted when he returned to the then Hartford Civic Center. He was a terrific guy and is sorely missed.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

By: Bruce Berlet

Former Hartford Wolf Pack coach Ryan McGill is looking for a job.

McGill wasn’t retained by the Calgary Flames, making him the third member of the coaching staff to be let go after the team missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Goalie coach Jamie McLennan and assistant Rob Cookson also didn’t have the option years of their contracts picked up. Dave Lowry is the only assistant to be retained under coach Brent Sutter.

ON THE LINE WITH LUKE GALVIN

AHL LogoBeing an official in any league for any sport is a tough job. Nobody will ever write in their columns or comment on the air that the officiating for a particular game was well done but make a mistake on a key call, be out of position or unsure of the instantaneous decision that you need to make and you will hear the wrath of those playing, coaching etc., not to mention a verbal tongue lashing from those sitting and watching either in the arena or on television.

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RANGERS BATTLE COYOTES AT GARDEN

New York RNEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES
Thursday, Dec. 16, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 19-13-1 (39 pts)
Coyotes: 14-9-6 (34 pts)
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FIRST JACKETS NOW CAPS

New York RNY RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Dec. 12, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 17-13-1 (35 pts)
Capitals: 18-10-3 (39 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 11

TODAY’S GAME:
The Rangers will conclude their eighth back-to-back set of the season tomorrow, Dec. 12, against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 17-13-1 (35 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the Blue Jackets, 3-1, earlier tonight at Columbus, and are now 7-4-0 in their last 11 games. The Capitals enter the contest with a 18-10-3 (39 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have lost each of their last five games (0-4-1). Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will begin their ninth back-to-back set of the season when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), before returning home to host the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Dec. 16 (7:00 p.m.). Continue reading