Former Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks coach Bob McCammon, 80, died. Energetic McCammon was one of the game’s most colorful characters.
McCammon had also worked for the Detroit Red Wings as a pro scout. He launched his coaching career in Michigan when he coached the Port Huron Flags in 1973-74. He had played for the Flags prior to coaching them.
The Vancouver Province’s Patrick Johnston penned McCammon’s obituary, highlighting the unique way McCammon prepared his players for a playoff game.
Bob McCammon was quick-witted, full of energy. Everyone in the hockey world knew him well. He was outgoing, always ready to talk hockey.
Around the NHL
Detroit: If fans want to watch Red Wings prospects Sebastian Cossa and Donovan Sebrango play in the World Junior Championships, Canada opens Sunday. The Canadians play at 7 p.m. against the Czech Republic.
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Florida: Panthers’ prospect Smilanic is ready to make a splash at the World Junior Championships.
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New York: Time to discuss whether Mathew Barzal could end up as the Islanders captain.
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Vancouver: Hockey Now’s Rob Simpson writes an interesting column about how the COVID-19-inspired decision not to send NHLers to the Olympics will end the hopes of some older players to play in the Olympics.