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Stanley Cup memories sweet
Former Blazers coach McEwen part of 3 New York Islanders champions

By Bob Hersom Modified: May 27, 2008 at 6:41 am •  Published: May 27, 2008

The Islanders also were Stanley Cup runnersup in 1984, finishing a run of four straight Finals. The Islanders' regular-season record was 194-86-40 over those four seasons.

"To say in the room that you know you're going to go out and dominate at that level,” McEwen said, "I don't think too many teams could have ever said that in the history of any sport. That's why that team was just so amazing. I think it's one of the three best teams ever to play hockey.”

McEwen, a native of Hornepayne, Ontario, Canada, retired as a player after the 1992 season. Later that year, he moved to Oklahoma City, where he coached the Blazers in their first three revived Central Hockey League seasons.

His '92 team finished second in the CHL playoffs. The next two lost in the first round of the playoffs.

"When I got fired by the Blazers I retired from pro hockey,” McEwen said.

"I like it here. It's a big small town. I like the weather, I like the people. It's an easy lifestyle. A lot of people move here, and the first year they wonder what they're doing here, and then they really grow to like it.”

Except for 20 months in 1977-98, when McEwen lived in Toronto, McEwen has called the Oklahoma City area home for 16 years.

"I spent 20 years in pro hockey, averaging one move every nine months and played on 11 different teams,” McEwen said. "I didn't want to do that for the next 20 years.”

He still returns to New York three to five times a year to visit his sons, Kyle, 22, and Shane, 21.

But most of his time is spent in hockey, coaching two travel teams, giving private lessons and running summer hockey camps.

Though the native Canadian loves living in Oklahoma — "Now I'm a Canokie,” he joked — he seldom goes to Blazers games.

"I do the youth hockey and I see 100 games a year and run 150 practices a year,” McEwen said. "When I get free time I don't like to go for more hockey.”

Unless it's the Stanley Cup Finals.


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