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NHL hands out inaugural award named for Buffalo native McGuire

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Philadelphia first-rounder Travis Konecny is the inaugural recipient of the “EJ McGuire Award of Excellence,” named for the late Buffalo native who served as head of NHL Central Scouting. The award will be presented annually by the league to the draft prospect who best exemplifies the commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism.

McGuire died of cancer at age 58 in April 2011. He is survived by his wife, Terry, and their two children, Jacqueline and Erin.

“EJ was described by anyone who knew him as not only an unbelievably talented hockey personality but a special person who touched the hearts of everyone he met,” Jim Gregory, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, said Saturday morning before starting Day Two of the Draft. “For those of us who were fortunate enough to be associated with this wonderful person, we really miss him.”

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