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Ryan Clifford McGill (born February 28, 1969) is a retired professional ice hockey player and current assistant coach with the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL. He played in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Edmonton Oilers. McGill's playing career ended prematurely as a result of an eye injury. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Ryan joined the Calgary Flames as an assistant coach in June 2009 after four seasons as the head coach for the Flames AHL primary affiliate team in Quad City and Omaha.

Ryan McGill
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McGill coaching the Golden Knights in 2018.
Born (1969-02-28) February 28, 1969 (age 50)
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft 29th overall, 1987
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1989–1995

In addition, he guided the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers AHL affiliate) team to the 2003–04 regular season Eastern Conference title, tying for first place overall with a 44–24–12–2 mark for 102 points. That year, his team fell short of a trip to the Calder Cup Finals, losing in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Prior to his time with the Wolf Pack, McGill coached 350 games in the Western Hockey League, capping it off by steering the Kootenay Ice to the 2001–02 Memorial Cup title, the championship of all Canadian Major Junior hockey. A second-round draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1987 NHL Draft, he played a total of 151 career NHL games over a seven-year career with the Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers. His professional playing career also included the American Hockey League and International Hockey League.

As a player in the Blackhawks development system, he was a member of the 1990 Turner Cup Champions which was then coached by Darryl Sutter.

As an Edmonton Oiler, McGill was struck in the left eye by a puck and was declared legally blind in that eye. He was forced into early retirement at the age of 26.[1]

On July 4, 2012, he was named head coach of the WHL's Kootenay Ice.[2]

On July 28, 2015, he was named head coach of the OHL's Owen Sound Attack. He was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHL Coach of the Year in April 2017.[3] McGill stepped down as head coach in June 2017 to become an assistant head coach for the NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights.[4]

On June 29, 2017 he was officially named an assistant coach with the Vegas Golden Knights.[5]


  1. ^ "RECENT EYE INJURIES". The Globe and Mail. March 13, 2000. Retrieved February 12, 2018. Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ryan McGill was struck in the left eye by a puck, was declared legally blind in that eye and retired at 26
  2. ^ Darren Dreger [@DarrenDreger] (4 July 2012). "Great to see Ryan McGill back coaching. Named head coach of the WHL's Kootenay Ice" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Attack's Ryan McGill Named OHL Coach of the Year". April 20, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ryan McGill steps down as Head Coach". June 29, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Golden Knights Name Ryan McGill Assistant Coach". Retrieved 2017-07-08.

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