NHL analyst nearly struck by an incoming puck that ultimately smashes into NBC’s on-ice camera
- Veteran NHL analyst Pierre McGuire nearly took a puck to the face Monday night
- McGuire, who serves as NBC’s ‘Inside the Glass’ reporter, was in his usual spot between the benches for Mondays Blue Jackets-Lightning game in Columbus
- An errant puck sailed into the box late in the first period, nearly striking McGuire
- The 57-year didn’t have time to react, but the puck luckily hit the camera instead
Veteran NHL analyst Pierre McGuire nearly took a puck to the face Monday night, but an NBC camera wasn’t nearly as lucky.
McGuire, who serves as NBC’s ‘Inside the Glass’ reporter, was in his usual spot for Mondays Columbus Blue Jackets-Tampa Bay Lightning game when a puck sailed by the Columbus bench and nearly struck the 57-year-old before smacking directly into the on-ice camera lens.
‘It’s all part of what goes on down here,’ McGuire said after the near-miss was caught by NBC cameras.
The puck had already sailed by Pierre’ McGuire’s head by the time he had a chance to react
Pierre McGuire did manage to keep his hands down so as not to interfere with the puck
Judging by his late reaction on the slow-motion replay, McGuire did not have time to react to the incoming puck. That may have been for the best because McGuire could have disrupted the game if he raised his hands to deflect the puck away from his face.
‘You can’t get involved in the field of play,’ McGuire joked after. ‘So, keep your hands down.’
A former college hockey player at Hobart in Upstate New York, McGuire went on to become an assistant coach and scout before making his way to Canada’s TSN, where he contributed to the show ‘That’s Hockey’ beginning in 1997.
McGuire joined NBC in 2006.
He endured surgery for prostate cancer in January of 2018, but has remained a mainstay of NBC’s NHL coverage ever since.