Emmy award-winning sports personality Pierre McGuire ’83, who is an analyst for NBC’s “Inside the Glass” and NBC Sports Network’s NHL coverage, returned to campus to talk to students about careers and leadership, and meet with other members of the campus and local communities.
As part of the HWS Professionals in Residence (PIR) series hosted by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, McGuire gave a talk, “Life and Leadership. Lessons from Pierre McGuire,” to more than 100 students on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event began at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
“We were delighted to welcome Pierre McGuire back to the Colleges as distinguished guest of the Professionals in Residence series,” said Brandi Ferrara, director of the Salisbury Center. “Pierre has had a remarkable career in hockey, sports broadcasting and analysis. He is among the many devoted alumni and alumnae who stay connected to HWS by networking with students and providing important insights about careers.”
As one of NHL’s most passionate and knowledgeable analysts, McGuire was awarded an Emmy in 2013 for Outstanding Sports Personality. He has covered the Olympic Games several times, reporting live from Sochi, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and covering men’s hockey live from Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He won the 2008 Gemini Award for Best Game Analyst for his work on the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship: Gold Final.
At HWS, the PIR event was also supported by the Hobart Athletics Napier Leadership Seminar and William Smith Athletics Peak Performance. Before the event on Wednesday, McGuire met with the William Smith hockey team.
On Thursday, Sept. 25, McGuire also conducted one-on-one meetings with students from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Salisbury Center. He also attended a practice with the Hobart hockey team, as well as the Geneva Youth Ice Hockey League Clinic at “The Cooler.”
An English major while at HWS, McGuire was a member of the Statesmen ice hockey, football and squash teams, as well as a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. After graduation he played professional hockey in Europe for a year before returning to HWS as a coach with Hobart hockey. He has also coached at Babson College and St. Lawrence University, and served as a scouter for the Pittsburgh Penguins, head coach of the Hartford Whalers and assistant coach in the Ottawa Senators organization.
McGuire began his broadcasting career as a commentator for Montreal Canadiens and as an analyst for the Ottawa Senators. He has since won several awards for his work and was named one of hockey’s 100 most powerful and influential people six times by The Hockey News.