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Johnmuckler

Johnny "Mucks" Muckler (born April 13, 1934) was most recently the General Manager of the Ottawa Senators NHL Club. Muckler has over 50 years of professional hockey experience as a part owner, general manager, director of player personnel, director of hockey operations, head coach, assistant coach and player. He has won five Stanley Cups.

Early years Edit

Born in Midland, Ontario, and raised in Paris, Ontario, Muckler was a defenceman in the minor leagues for 13 seasons, playing the bulk of his career in the old Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

Muckler began his professional coaching career as a player/coach in 1959 with the EHL's New York Rovers. He then spent the next 20 years with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks before joining the Edmonton Oilers organization in 1981. During those 20 years, Muckler served briefly as head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1968-69 and won multiple regular-season titles, playoff championships and league coach-of-the-year honours in the minor leagues. For his successes, The Sporting News named him the top coach in all of minor-league hockey in 1979.

While with the Oilers, Muckler served as an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup winners in 1984 and 1985 and was designated co-coach during the 1987 and 1988 championship seasons. Muckler became the team's head coach in 1989 and led the club to its fifth Stanley Cup in seven years in 1990.

In 1991, Muckler left the Oilers for the Buffalo Sabres. Initially the club's director of hockey operations, he quickly stepped behind the bench and coached the Sabres for the next four seasons. He also assumed the role of general manager in 1993. A finalist for NHL coach of the year in 1994, Muckler stepped down from coaching in 1995 to focus on his front-office duties and was named NHL executive of the year by The Sporting News for the 1996-97 season.

Prior to joining the Senators on June 12, 2002, Muckler last worked in the NHL as head coach of the New York Rangers from 1997-98 to 1999-2000.The last NHL game he coached, a home game in NY, fans chanted, "Fi-re, Muck-ler!" He has a 276–288–84 career record as an NHL head coach, a 233–167–53–7 career record as an NHL general manager and has been a head coach or general manager for more than 2,000 professional games. His résumé also includes three appearances at the NHL all-star game and two stints (1984 and '87) with Canada Cup-winning coaching staffs for Team Canada.

The Ottawa Senators announced that Muckler was relieved from his general manager duties with the organization on June 18, 2007 in a news conference, after being with the team for six years. They also announced that head coach Bryan Murray would be his successor.

Hired as Senior Advisor to the Phoenix Coyotes in September 2008.

Major trades and signingsEdit

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Career statisticsEdit

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1949-50  Detroit Hettche             IHL    32    3    4    7   24  --  --  --  --  --
1950-51  Detroit Hettche             IHL    14    0    0    0   28  --  --  --  --  --
1951-52  Windsor Spitfires           OHA    48    2    3    5    0  --  --  --  --  --
1952-53  Galt Black Hawks            OHA    54    6   16   22    0  --  --  --  --  --
1954-55  Chatham Maroons             OHASr   7    0    1    1    0  --  --  --  --  --
1955-56  Vancouver Canucks           WHL     1    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1955-56  Baltimore Clippers / Char   EHL    62   11   34   45   82  --  --  --  --  --
1956-57  Charlotte Clippers          EHL    62    7   45   52  126  13   1   3   4   8
1957-58  Charlotte Clippers          EHL    61    9   35   44   51  14   1   3   4  10
1958-59  Charlotte Clippers          EHL    64    9   23   32   64  --  --  --  --  --
1959-60  New York Rovers             EHL    64    8   25   33  105  --  --  --  --  --
1960-61  New York Rovers             EHL    64    7   23   30  128  --  --  --  --  --
1961-62  Long Island Ducks           EHL    68   10   26   36   99  --  --  --  --  --
1962-63  Long Island Ducks           EHL    50    3   21   24   93  --  --  --  --  --
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                       

Coaching statisticsEdit

Season  Team                          Lge Type             GP  W  L T OTL  Pct    Result 
1964-65 Long Island Ducks             EHL  Head Coach      72 42 29 1   0 0.590  
1965-66 Long Island Ducks             EHL  Head Coach      72 46 23 3   0 0.660  
1967-68 Memphis South Stars           CPHL Head Coach      70 24 34 12  0 0.429  
1968-69 Memphis South Stars           CHL  Head Coach      -------Replaced Mid-Season-------      
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars         NHL  Head Coach      35  6 23  6  0 0.257  
1970-71 Cleveland Barons              AHL  Head Coach      -------Replaced Mid-Season-------         
1971-72 Cleveland Barons              AHL  Head Coach      76 32 34 10 0 0.487 Lost in round 1 
1972-73 Cleveland/Jacksonville Barons AHL  Head Coach      76 23 44 9  0 0.362 Out of Playoffs 
1973-74 Providence Reds               AHL  Head Coach      76 38 26 12 0 0.579 Lost in Finals 
1974-75 Providence Reds               AHL  Head Coach      76 43 21 12 0 0.645 Lost in round 1 
1975-76 Providence Reds               AHL  Head Coach      76 34 34 8  0 0.500 Lost in round 1 
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds             AHL  Head Coach      53 21 30 2  0 0.415 Out of Playoffs 
1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks            CHL  Head Coach      76 45 28 3  0 0.612 Won Championship 
1981-82 Wichita Wind                  CHL  Head Coach      80 44 33 3  0 0.569 Lost in round 2 
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Assistant Coach 
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Assistant Coach 
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Assistant Coach 
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Co-Coach 
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Co-Coach 
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Co-Coach 
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Co-Coach 
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Head Coach      80 38 28 14 0 0.562 Won Championship 
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers               NHL  Head Coach      80 37 37  6 0 0.500 Lost in round 3 
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres                NHL  Head Coach      52 22 22  8 0 0.500 Lost in round 1 
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres                NHL  Head Coach      84 38 36 10 0 0.512 Lost in round 2 
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres                NHL  Head Coach      84 43 32  9 0 0.565 Lost in round 1 
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres                NHL  Head Coach      48 22 19  7 0 0.531 Lost in round 1 
1997-98 New York Rangers              NHL  Head Coach      25 8 15   2 0 0.360 Out of Playoffs 
1998-99 New York Rangers              NHL  Head Coach      82 33 38 11 0 0.470 Out of Playoffs 
1999-00 New York Rangers              NHL  Head Coach      82 29 38 12 3 0.445 Out of Playoffs 

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Preceded by
Glen Sather
Head Coaches of the Edmonton Oilers
1989–1990
Succeeded by
Ted Green
Preceded by
Rick Dudley
Buffalo Sabres Head Coaches
1991–95
Succeeded by
Ted Nolan
Preceded by
Colin Campbell
New York Rangers Head Coaches
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Ron Low
Preceded by
Marshall Johnston
General managers of the Ottawa Senators
2001–2007
Succeeded by
Bryan Murray
Edmonton Oilers Head Coaches
Kinasewich • Hunter • Shaw • Drake • Guidolin • Sather • Watson • Muckler • Green • Burnett • Low • Lowe • MacTavish
New York Rangers Head Coaches
Patrick • Boucher • L. Patrick • Colville • Cook • M. Patrick • Watson • Pike • Harvey • M. Patrick • Sullivan • Francis • Geoffrion • Francis • Popein • Francis • Stewart • Ferguson • Talbot • Shero • C. Patrick • Brooks • C. Patrick • Sator • Webster • Esposito • Bergeron • Esposito • Neilson • Smith • Keenan • Campbell • Muckler • Tortorella • Low • Trottier • Sather • Renney


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