John Muckler, coach who gained 5 Cups with Oilers, dies at 86


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — John Muckler, who coached 4 NHL groups and gained 5 Stanley Cup championships with the Edmonton Oilers, has died. He was 86.

The Oilers confirmed Muckler’s dying Monday evening. No trigger was given.

Muckler was a part of the employees that put collectively the Oilers dynasty of the Nineteen Eighties. He joined Edmonton in 1982 as an assistant coach underneath Glen Sather and gained 5 Stanley Cups with the group from 1984-90, the final one as head coach.

When the Midland, Ontario, native left Edmonton, he served as director of operations and head coach for the Buffalo Sabres from 1991-95. Muckler additionally was head coach of the New York Rangers from 1997-2000, and spent 35 video games answerable for the 1968-69 Minnesota North Stars.

He turned common supervisor of the Ottawa Senators in 2001 and helped construct a group that reached the 2007 Stanley Cup remaining, the place the Senators misplaced to Anaheim.

Muckler’s remaining NHL function was a senior adviser place with the Phoenix Coyotes in September 2008, working alongside then-coach Wayne Gretzky, who had an in depth relationship with Muckler from their time in Edmonton.

“He was powerful, strict, however most significantly honest, and he helped lay the groundwork to make our group extra accountable to one another which propelled us to change into champions,” Gretzky mentioned in a press release launched by the Oilers.

“A beautiful household man and nice good friend, he personally took my profession to a different degree, and I’ll all the time cherish the hours we talked, from breaking down defenses to elevating a household.”

Muckler completed with a profession teaching file of 276-288-84.

He additionally served as a coach for 3 NHL All-Star Video games, in addition to Canada’s 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup profitable groups.


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