Best way to become a NHL Scout?
Hi, I would like to be a NHL scout someday and I am curious how can I become one? I have heard of the website(below) and I also wanna know how good is the course? Is it worth it and will it help me pave the road to the NHL?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
No team in the NHL has hired an employee (management or scout) from that program. Two former NHL scouts (both fired from their NHL jobs) provided the hockey content of that program at one time (and still may)
There are currently 286 scouts employed by NHL teams
73 are professional scouts
213 are amateur scouts
265 of these scounts played competitive hockey in North America or Europe (junior/college/NHL/Europe).
Let's Look at the Detroit Red Wings as an example
Mark Howe is the Director of Pro Scouting, he played in the NHL and WHA
Pat Verbeek is a pro scout, Eastern Conference, played in the NHL
Glenn Merkosky is a pro scout, Western Conference, played in the NHL
Joseph McDonnell is the Director of Amateur scouting, he played in the NHL (and was a head coach for the Kitchener Rangers)
Bruce Haralson is an amateur scout and played Canadian University hockey
Mark Leach is an amateur scout and played NCAA Division I (SLU) in the early 80s ands was an assistant coach with the Michigan State Spartans
David Kolb is an amateur scout and a former high school hockey player and coach in Wisconsin
Hakan Andersson is the Director of European scouting, and played briefly in the Swedish juniors before getting a knee injury.
Evgeni Erfilov played competitive hockey in Russia as a junior aged player...then disappeared
Ari Vouri is a European scout who played low level professional hockey in Finland for 2-3 years
Most teams have similar scouting lineups, primarily former professional and amateur players who have been through the systems they are scouting (Most scouts in the Canadian junior leagues played junior, most professional scouts played in the NHL or the minors, etc)Source(s): Retired NHL scout (30+ years)
- DamaraLv 44 years ago