The following is a statement from Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider on passing of EJ McGuire, who was an assistant coach and scout for the Flyers.
"On behalf of the Philadelphia Flyers, I would like to personally extend my condolences to EJ's wife, Terry and their daughters, Jacqueline and Erin. EJ was a close personal friend of mine who loved hockey as much as he loved life. I always enjoyed spending time with him. We would often talk about our team, the game, and our families. He always had great insights and that's something I'm going to miss. He was one of the most knowledgeable men our sport has ever known. It's a sad day for the Flyers and a sad day for hockey."
President & COO of Comcast-Spectacor Peter A. Luukko also made the following comments.
"Our hearts go out to EJ's family. His knowledge of the game, combined with his passion for the sport, made him a valuable asset to the League's central scouting. Over the years, he helped influence the sport in numerous ways. He was a true technician of the game. The Flyers organization benefited greatly from his knowledge when he served as our assisant coach. We will all miss EJ and what he brought to our sport."
For most of his tenure, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren served with McGuire as well.
"I am deeply saddened by the news of our good friend EJ McGuire's passing,” said Holmgren. “EJ was a good hockey man that was highly regarded in any part of the game he was involved in, from coaching, scouting to management. EJ was a good friend to many of us in the hockey world and he will be missed by us all. We would like to pass along our thoughts and prayers to EJ's beautiful wife Terry and his two wonderful daughters, Jacqueline and Erin as well as his extended family. We are thinking of them all at this difficult time."
McGuire passed away today at the age of 58. He served as the Flyers’ assistant coach from 1984-85 to 1987-88 and the 2001-02 season, not including several years as a scout for the Flyers’ organization.
Mcguire had been serving as Vice President of the National Hockey League's Central Scouting Bureau since 2005.