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Legendary Coach, John Muckler Dies At 86

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Professional hockey coach and executive, most recently serving as the general manager of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL), John Muckler is no more. John Muckler passed away at the age of 86 according to a statement released today.

Born in Midland, Ontario in 1934, and raised in Paris, Ontario, Muckler helped guide the Oilers to five Stanley Cup championships between 1984 and 1990.

Reacting to his death Wayne Gretzky on behalf of Edmonton Oilers Organization released an official statement on John’s death:

READ: “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 Audrey and the entire Muckler family. 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.

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