Report: Pierre McGuire removed from NBC's No. 1 NHL broadcast team
Pierre McGuire appears to be getting a demotion.
The longtime hockey analyst has been removed from NBC Sports' No. 1 hockey broadcast crew and will be replaced by Brian Boucher, a source told The Athletic's Rick Carpiniello.
McGuire will still work NHL games for NBC but Boucher will be on the top team with Mike "Doc" Emrick and Ed Olczyk, adds Carpiniello.
"Identical to last year, we will begin the season with Doc, Eddie, and Brian working the early Wednesday Night hockey game, with Pierre anchoring the late game of the doubleheader," NBC Sports said in a statement to Sports Business Journal's John Ourand.
The 58-year-old joined the network when it acquired the league's U.S. broadcast rights in 2006. He has been working full-time for NBC since 2011.
McGuire drew criticism and was essentially forced to apologize for a series of awkward on-air exchanges with fellow analyst Kendall Coyne Schofield in January.
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