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McVie had plenty of experience in coaching developing teams prior to his first stint with the Devils,
having coached the Washington Capitals in a few of their first years and the Winnipeg Jets when they
first joined the NHL.
He would replace Bill MacMillan 20 games into the 83-84 season. That team has the dishonor of being
the worst team in Devils history, so you could guess that McVie would not be around the following
season after that.
To be fair, he was only to finish the season, as it was. He was the coach of the Maine Mariners, the
Devils' AHL affiliate at the time, when he replaced MacMillan, and would return to that job after the
season was over. When the Mariners were moved to Utica, McVie moved with them. He was still
coaching in Utica when he got the call that he would be replacing John Cunniff as the 90-91 season
was winding down. By then, the Devils were a starting to become a regular playoff team, albeit a young
team at the same time. To McVie's credit, most of the young players he already knew from Utica, so
they knew that he expected 100% effort every night.
He would also lead the team to a comfortable winning record in his only full season with the team.
But being that it's the Patrick Division, the toughest division of the 4 that existed at the time, he could
only bring the team to a fourth place finish and a first round exit from the playoffs.
Lou Lamoriello was ready in case he needed to make another change, though. He had Robbie Ftorek
as McVie's assistant, and Herb Brooks coaching in Utica.
And the change was needed for 92-93...
Not long after leaving the Devils, he would join the Boston Bruins' organization, originally as an
assistant coach. He had been there since, with the last 18 years being spent as their pro scout on the
West Coast. (Yay! He got to lift the Cup in 2011!)
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