NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire is recovering from surgery to remove his prostate following a Stage 1 cancer diagnosis late last year.
McGuire told TSN 690’s “Melnick in the Afternoon” radio show on Wednesday that he feels “fantastic” after the Jan. 4 surgery, which was performed at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan the morning after he worked the Rangers-Blackhawks game at Madison Square Garden.
McGuire, 56, received his diagnosis in November following a routine checkup in September.
“I had no signs at all that I was ill,” he said. “My work habits hadn’t changed, my workout habits hadn’t changed. My eating habits hadn’t changed. I hadn’t lost weight and hadn’t gained weight. I was just living a normal life.”
After head coaching stints with the Hartford Whalers and Ottawa Senators in the 1990s, McGuire has become a familiar face as “inside the glass” reporter between the benches for NBC Sports.
McGuire’s colleague and play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick announced the diagnosis and surgery on the air before Wednesday night’s game between the Wild and Blackhawks.
Pierre McGuire said he expects to return between the benches next month for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
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McGuire told USA Today that Emrick, a prostate cancer survivor, has been “an amazing resource.”
“I’m so grateful to the NBC hockey family,” he said. “NBC (people) have been phenomenal.”
McGuire is not being treated with chemotherapy and expects to return inside the glass next month as part of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“I’m back doing radio and I’m watching games every night,” he said, per USA Today. “I can’t travel right now. That’s what is holding me back.”
McGuire’s diagnosis comes after a difficult year for the network’s hockey talent. Fellow analyst Ed Olczyk announced he was diagnosed with colon cancer in August, and play-by-play announcer Dave Strader died in October following a year-long battle with bile duct cancer.