Midland native, former NHL coach and Stanley Cup champion John Muckler dies at 86

“He was tough, strict, but most importantly fair"

Former NHL coach and Stanley Cup winner John Muckler has died.

The Midland native was part of the staff that put together the Oilers dynasty of the 1980s, winning five Stanley Cups with the organization. He also managed the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup final against Anaheim in 2007.

“He was tough, strict, but most importantly fair, and he helped lay the groundwork to make our team more accountable to each other which propelled us to become champions,” Wayne Gretzky said in a statement released by the Oilers.

During his career, Muckler also coached the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars.

Muckler was 86. A cause of death has not been released.

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