Fans rip Pierre McGuire for mansplaining hockey to Olympic gold medallist Kendall Coyne Schofield

Jan 31 2019, 5:08 pm

Pierre McGuire is one of a kind.

The former NHL coach and longtime hockey broadcaster with TSN, who now works in the United States for NBC, has a unique style.

Exceptionally enthusiastic, few can recite more obscure and irrelevant facts about National Hockey League players, coaches, trainers, or water boys.

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His style has drawn criticism from fans before, but safe to say he’s never received the level of backlash he’s getting after Wednesday’s broadcast.

Joining McGuire between the benches for NBCSN was Kendall Coyne Schofield, an Olympic hockey gold medallist who recently drew headlines for her performance as the first female to compete in the NHL Skills Competition.

It got awkward right away, as Pierre welcomed Coyne Schofield to the airwaves.

“So, Tampa’s going to be on your left, Pittsburgh’s going to be on your right,” McGuire said. “What are you expecting out of this game? We’re paying you to be an analyst, not to be a fan tonight!”

As one of the best female hockey players in the world, this kind of an exchange didn’t sit well with many fans. Surely Coyne Schofield knew which side of the ice the Penguins and Lightning were on. Bet she’s heard of Sidney Crosby too.

To Coyne Schofield’s credit, she ignored the awkward intro and proceeded to set the game up like a seasoned veteran.

But the awkward exchanges didn’t stop there.

“It’s like Canada-US in the gold medal game,” McGuire exclaimed after some rough play.

“Yeah, except I don’t have a cage on right now,” Coyne Schofield replied.

“I’ll be your cage tonight, how’s that?” said McGuire.

Uhh…

As you might imagine, there was significant outrage online.

Lucky for everyone, Coyne Schofield moved up into the broadcast booth with John Forslund and Eddie Olczyk later in the game.