It's a sad day in the hockey world with news that NHL Central Scouting head man EJ McGuire has passed away. McGuire had been in a short battle with Cancer and was 58 years old.
For anyone that ever dealt with EJ they would have to be crazy to come away with anything but a smile on their face. He really was one of the great guys in the game. As the boss for NHL Central Scouting he was always busy watching games or talking about prospects, but always had time for Guy and myself. EJ said some very flattering things about our show, and it really meant a lot to Guy and I that such a well respected man even knew who we were.
In talking to some of his colleagues it was evident that EJ was one of the most well liked and respected people in the game of hockey. He shaped so many people in so many different ways, from coaching to scouting and always was nothing but professional and polite. He didn't care if you came from the CHL, NCAA, USHL, or Junior A, if you were a good prospect then that's what you were.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to EJ's wife Terry and his two daughters Jacqueline and Erin.