McGuire, who most recently worked as a hockey broadcaster with NBC Sports, previously worked for the Senators as a scout and, later, an assistant coach during the 1995-96 season.
“On behalf of the entire Senators organization, I would like to welcome Pierre McGuire to Ottawa,” said Eugene Melnyk, team owner, in a press release. “We are delighted 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 greatly appreciated and I have no doubts that he will positively help our team as they progress to the next level.
McGuire began his coaching career at Hobart College, the school in Geneva, New York, which he attended as a student while earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. The 59-year-old got his first NHL break as a recruiter for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and went on to serve as the Penguins’ assistant coach, winning a Stanley Cup with the team in 1992.
McGuire then joined the Hartford Whalers organization, serving as assistant coach, assistant general manager and eventually head coach of the team during his tenure. After leaving the Whalers, his brief stint with the Senators began before entering the broadcast world.
“I’m super excited. We’re going to have fun, ”McGuire said in an interview with Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. “I see my role as being there to help [general manager Pierre Dorion], assist the hockey operations department, player development and be someone who can help the organization. It is important to have a lot of information when making decisions and I would like to think that I would be very good at collecting information. “
The rebuilding Senators, who have missed the playoffs each of the past four seasons, finished last season 23-28-5.
Ottawa is heading for an unusually busy off-season schedule that could be transformative, with the expansion draft taking place on July 21, the NHL draft – where the Senators hold the 10th overall – taking place from 23 to July 24, and free agency following shortly after July 28.
“The plan is really solid and concrete,” McGuire told Garrioch. “I respect the vision they have. They have organizational needs and there are few perfect teams in the league. One thing you try to do, and I believe [Dorion] done that, try to have players your coach is comfortable with and players who will help them win.
“This is the process that everyone is going through right now. ”