E.J. McGuire: A Class Act All the Way

April 9th, 2011 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
While I was sitting at my desk Thursday morning, I was distraught to read a text message that said NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire had passed away at the young age of 58, succumbing to cancer.

I met E.J. for the first and only time at the NHL Scouting Combine while I was working for The Hockey News in Toronto in the summer of 2009. I was shocked at how considerate and respectful he was, as many people in a position as high as his are often snooty, rude and simply don't care what anyone has to say to them.

E.J, however, when I introduced myself to him, stopped what he was doing and partook in an in-depth 10-minute conversation about the draft and his love of prospects.

It was apparent from speaking with him face-to-face that he simply loved the game, loved what he did and was willing to talk as long as possible about his work. After I asked him numerous questions about his position, he began asking me about my short life in the hockey industry, and seemed genuinely interested to do so.

He listened intently as I gave concise answers, hoping to hear him share more wisdom before my bosses at The Hockey News called me over for a ...

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