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.
- Glowing pucks and other fun moments from the 2019 NHL All-Star Game
- Olympic hockey player Kendall Coyne Schofield beats some NHL All-Stars in fastest skater competition
- Former NHL All-Star John Scott escapes near-death experience on frozen lake
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.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 31, 2019
“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.
Uhhhhhh Pierre..? pic.twitter.com/5a4Xurc63J
— Hockey Central (@HockeyCentraI) January 26, 2019
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.
“I’ll be your cage tonight, how’s that?
Pierre, please just stop. pic.twitter.com/trmTyYLKob
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) January 31, 2019
“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.
As you might imagine, there was significant outrage online.
Ironically, the NHL, as an industry, is a bigger enemy to itself than any of us grieving families/friends will ever be
— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) January 31, 2019
Had a friend privately ask me why it’s worth making such a big deal about being treated like Kendall Coyne was by Pierre McGuire if “we all know how much she knows anyway”. Ultimately, it comes down to an inability to give your best showing. That’s not fair.
— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) January 31, 2019
i know we're all talking about the condescension in how pierre mcguire treated kendall coyne like she's a random fan and not an olympian but i just gotta say that the way he continued to find reasons to touch her is familiar to women who work in sports. y'all don't do this to men
— sie ✨ (@nowyousieme) January 31, 2019
pierre mcguire should just never interact with a female ever again
— az (@nhIcanucks) January 31, 2019
Pierre McGuire, a great example of how far the NHL, broadcast, and sporting world has to go in respecting female athletes and reporters.
— Ashley stretch Johnston (@strettyit) January 31, 2019
Lucky for everyone, Coyne Schofield moved up into the broadcast booth with John Forslund and Eddie Olczyk later in the game.
What an unforgettable night to cap off this incredible week. Thank you @NBCSports for the opportunity to be an analyst on #WNH alongside the best linemates in the business. I had SO much fun! I’m so excited to continue to learn & grow in this role! Thanks for all of the support! pic.twitter.com/BZkrAGIqTF
— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) January 31, 2019