Gary Agnew is an ice hockey coach who is currently the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals. He has also served as an assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. He has a Master's Degree in coaching from the University of Western Ontario.
As a player, Agnew played four years for the University of New Brunswick and then for the Fredericton Express of the American Hockey League and the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League.
In 1990 Agnew took over the head coaching job of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. He won the Matt Leyden Trophy as Coach of the Year in 1992–93. In 1994–95 Agnew took over the coaching job of the Kingston Frontenacs and led them to what remains their only division title in 1994–95. He moved back to the Knights from 1997 to 2000 and won another Matt Leyden Trophy in 1997–98. From 2000–2006 he assumed the reins of the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. In 2006 he graduated to become the assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
With the November 13, 2006 firing of Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Gerard Gallant, Agnew was named interim head coach. On November 22, Ken Hitchcock was named the new head coach. Agnew led the team in that evening's game, with Hitchcock set to take over the following day. Agnew's record as interim head coach was 0–4–1. It was reported on June 16, 2010 that new Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel had fired Agnew as assistant coach. On June 15, 2012, the St. Louis Blues announced Agnew had been hired as an Assistant Coach, under the direction of Ken Hitchcock.
Peter is a smart player. He can read the play and he doesn't have to run from one corner to the other. He always seems to be in good position. He's a guy who would rather pass than shoot. He's done exactly what I thought he would.