John Muckler, the coach and general manager of the Buffalo Sabres during triumphant and chaotic times in the 1990s, died late Monday at age 86.
The Buffalo Sabres organization mourns the passing of John Muckler. The five-time Stanley Cup champion was a fixture for our team during the 1990s, serving as head coach from 1991 to 1995 and GM from 1993 to 1997.
Our thoughts are with John’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/lmMsrmFXvj
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) January 5, 2021
Muckler’s death was announced in a tweet and news release by the Edmonton Oilers, for whom he worked from 1981-1991, and no cause of death was given. Muckler was part of five Stanley Cup teams in Edmonton, as an associate coach under Glen Sather and then as a head coach in 1990.
The Oilers won that title in a five-game final series against the Boston Bruins to claim an unlikely championship nearly two years after Wayne Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 5, 2021
STATEMENT FROM THE BUFFALO SABRES:
The Sabres have released the following statement regarding the passing of John Muckler. pic.twitter.com/S81V3nP6iI
— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) January 5, 2021