John Muckler, who acquired 5 Stanley Cup titles and coached hockey icon Wayne Gretzky at two completely totally different phases of his career, has died. He was 86.
The Edmonton Oilers talked about Muckler died Monday, nonetheless, did not disclose the explanation for the lack of life.
“On behalf of the Edmonton Oilers organization and John’s many friends in the game of hockey, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to [his wife] Audrey and the entire Muckler family,” Gretzky talked about in a press launch.
“When you have 22 pretty good hockey players and have enjoyed some success it’s hard to imagine that the addition of an associate coach would be the final piece to getting the Edmonton Oilers to the top of the mountain, but that’s exactly what happened when John joined the team.”
Muckler joined the Oilers as an assistant coach in 1981 after he held quite a few roles over 20 years with the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers. He moreover served as coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1968-69.
The Midland, Ontario, native was an assistant coach when he acquired his first two titles with the Oilers in 1984 and 1985. He was then promoted to assistant head coach and acquired two additional titles in 1987 and 1988.
Muckler turned head coach in 1989 and teamed up with Gretzky for the franchise’s fifth championships in seven years in 1990.
“He was tough, strict, but most importantly fair, and he helped lay the groundwork to make our team more accountable to each other, which propelled us to become champions,” Gretzky talked about.
“A wonderful family man and great friend, he personally took my career to another level, and I will always cherish the hours we talked, from breaking down defenses to raising a family. Rest in peace, John, you will be missed.”
Muckler posted a 75-65-20 doc in two years as Oilers coach sooner than he joined the Buffalo Sabres in 1991 as director of hockey operations. He later served as Sabres coach and posted a 125-109-34 doc over components of 4 seasons in that performance.
Muckler reunited with Gretzky in 1997-98 when he turned head coach of the New York Rangers. He had 70 wins, 88 losses, 24 ties, and three extra-time/shootout losses in three years with the franchise.
He turned the widespread supervisor of the Ottawa Senators in 2001. He as soon as extra reunited with Gretzky when he turned a senior advisor for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008. Gretzky was coach of the Coyotes from 2005-06 to 2008-09.
Muckler moreover coached three NHL All-Star Games and led Team Canada to Canada Cup victories in 1984 and 1987. He carried out as a defenseman for 13 years throughout the Easter Hockey League sooner than his tenure as a coach and govt.