The Hockey Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire will be replacing Scotty Bowman on the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection committee. Bowman’s 15-year term limit came to an end on Dec. 31, 2017 after serving for 14 years.
“I am very pleased to welcome Pierre to the Selection Committee, as he brings a wealth of knowledge that will complement the Committee’s deliberations in recognition of excellence in the game of hockey,” said Hall Chairman of the Board Lanny McDonald. “I also extend our utmost appreciation and gratitude to Scotty for his distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the Selection Committee. Scotty’s incredible understanding and perspective of the game has been a tremendous resource throughout his tenure.”
“To receive a call from Lanny McDonald asking me to accept a position on the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee is something I never thought was possible,” said McGuire. “I am honoured and excited to know that I will be a part of this amazing group of hockey people whose mandate is to uphold the Hall’s standards of excellence in the process of celebrating the game’s greatest players, builders and officials.”
“I would like to thank the Hockey Hall of Fame for allowing me to participate on the Selection Committee for the past 15 years, which I have enjoyed immensely,” said Bowman. “It has been a privilege for me to be associated with so many excellent hockey people and to play a contributing role in the selections for hockey’s highest level of career achievement.”
McGuire joined NBC Sports as an analyst on a full-time basis in 2011.
Prior to his radio and television career, McGuire had a long and successful coaching career. His first coaching job was as an assistant at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. Over the next several years, McGuire coached at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. In 1990, McGuire was hired as a scout by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and was a part of the organization’s back-to-back Stanley Cup titles as an assistant coach under NHL coaching legend Scotty Bowman. After the 1992 season, McGuire moved to the Hartford Whalers organization for two years where he served as an assistant coach, assistant general manager and eventually head coach. From 1994 to 1996, McGuire worked as a pro scout and assistant coach in the Ottawa Senators organization.
On Tuesday, June 26, the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee meet to decide the Class of 2018, with the induction ceremony held in Toronto on Nov. 12.