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5-time Stanley Cup winner joined Edmonton in 1981

CBC News · 
John Muckler, left, and Wayne Gretzky had several years together as a coach and a player, respectively, with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
John Muckler, a former NHL coach and executive who was a part of five Stanley Cup winning teams with the Edmonton Oilers, has died at age 86.

The Oilers announced Muckler's passing in a news release Monday night. Throughout his career, Muckler worked with several NHL organizations including the Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Phoenix Coyotes.


No cause of death was given.

Muckler was part of the staff that put together the Oilers dynasty of the 1980s, joining Edmonton in 1981 as an assistant coach under Glen Sather before going on to win five Stanley Cups with the organization between '84 and 1990 — the last one as head coach.

"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," said Wayne Gretzky in a news release.

"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 defences to raising a family. Rest in peace, John, you will be missed."



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Was he the mastermind who engineered the '93 acquisition of Hasek(from CHI) for a depth 'tender & 4th? Prob has to be top-5 in history, for larcenous, 1-sided trade wins. Sure didn't get much attn, at the time the deal was done.


Then a few yrs later, apparently there was a fairly nasty showdown between GM Muckler & his coach Ted Nolan. I hope the two men over time, eventually came to a peaceful resolution. They did well for the franchise, in the mid-late 90's.


RIP to a man whose life was dedicated to the game.

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