Tom McVie

Tom McVie (born June 6, 1935 in Trail, British Columbia) is a former coach in the National Hockey League.

McVie grew up in a poor family, and, upon signing his first junior league contract, is said to have left home with a single used stick and pair of skates.[1] After his junior career ended, McVie signed with the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League and began a long career with this league that included stops with the Portland Buckaroos, Los Angeles Blades, and Phoenix Roadrunners. He scored a career-high 85 points during the 1961–62 season, earning a tryout with the New York Rangers but failing to secure a training camp invitation.[2]

After three years behind the bench in the International Hockey League, McVie coached the Washington Capitals from the 1975–76 season to the middle of the 1978–79 season. After being released by the Capitals, he moved to the Winnipeg Jets, then in the World Hockey Association, and coached the team to an Avco Cup championship. He then coached with Bill Sutherland in the Jets first two NHL seasons, 1979–80 and 1980–81. He replaced Bill MacMillan as head coach of the New Jersey Devils midway through the 1983–84 season, in which the team posted the worst record in its history. McVie returned as an NHL head coach with the Devils in 1991–92 after coaching the AHL Utica Devils.[2]

He has served in the Boston Bruins organization for 21 years, 16 of them as a scout. He finally had his name etched on the Stanley Cup in 2011, as the Bruins won their first championship in 39 years.

NHL coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLTPtsFinishResult
Washington Capitals1975–76 448315(32)5th in NorrisMissed Playoffs
Washington Capitals1976–77 80244214624th in NorrisMissed Playoffs
Washington Capitals1977–78 80174914485th in NorrisMissed Playoffs
Winnipeg Jets1979–80 77184811(51)5th in Smythe(fired)
Winnipeg Jets1980–81 281207(32)6th in Smythe(interim coach)
New Jersey Devils1983–84 6015387(41)5th in PatrickMissed Playoffs
New Jersey Devils1990–91 13454(79)4th in PatrickLost in First Round
New Jersey Devils1991–92 80383111874th in PatrickLost in First Round
Total46212526473

WHA coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLTPtsFinishResult
Winnipeg Jets1978–79 191180(84)3rd in WHAAvco Cup Champions

References

  1. "Former Devils coach Tom McVie will be honored at AHL All-Star Game". NJ.com. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. "Tom McVie". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
Preceded by
Milt Schmidt
Head coach of the Washington Capitals
1975–78
Succeeded by
Danny Belisle
Preceded by
Larry Hillman
Bill Sutherland
Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets
1979–80
1980
Succeeded by
Bill Sutherland
Preceded by
Bill MacMillan
John Cunniff
Head coach of the New Jersey Devils
1983–84
1991–92
Succeeded by
Doug Carpenter
Herb Brooks
Preceded by
Bob Francis
Head coach of the Providence Bruins
1997–98
Succeeded by
Peter Laviolette
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