McIlhargey played 393 career games with the Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Hartford Whalers from 1974 to 1982 before becoming a coach.
McIlhargey returned to the Canucks as an assistant coach from 1985 to 1991 before spending the next eight years as head coach of the Vancouver minor league branches in Milwaukee, Hamilton and Syracuse, New York.
After this race, McIlhargey returned to Vancouver as an assistant for four years and as an associate coach for two years.
McIlhargey ended his coaching career as an assistant for Philadelphia from 2007 to 2010.
In 1988, the Canucks sent McIlhargey to Russia with goaltender Troy Gamble as part of a trade-in after drafting Russians Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov in previous years.
Larionov and Krutov finally agreed to play for Vancouver, being part of the first wave of Russian talent to arrive in the NHL.
“We are deeply saddened to lose our friend Jack McIlhargey,” the Canucks tweeted. “He was one of the most respected and loved Canucks in family history for 24 years as a player, coach and alumnus.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 20, 2020