Popular EJ McGuire, a former Flyers assistant, died on Thursday of cancer, the NHL announced.
McGuire, 58, was the NHL's director of central scouting. He was a Flyers assistant from 1984-88. He returned to the Flyers as an assistant in 2001-02.
Always upbeat, McGuire was an assistant for three NHL organizations over 12 seasons. He had been director of the NHL's Central Scouting Department since 2005.
"The National Hockey League was privileged to benefit from EJ's expertise and enthusiasm, both of which were limitless," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "EJ loved scouting games and loved the internal debates over the strengths and weaknesses of entry draft prospects. The way he ran Central Scouting made it vitally important to every one of our clubs."
Added Bettman: "As we celebrate EJ's contributions and mourn his passing, we send our condolences – and our gratitude – to EJ's family and friends."
McGuire is survived by his wife,Terry, and their daughters Jacqueline and Erin.
Attached is a video of Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger discussing when he could return to the ice.