CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson announced on Saturday the hiring of Jim Hammett, of Kelowna, BC, as the Head Scout of Canada’s Men’s Programs, known as the Program of Excellence (World Junior, Under-18 and Under-17 Programs), as well as a reorganization of the Men’s National Teams department of Hockey Canada.
As Hockey Canada’s Head Scout on the Men’s hockey side, Hammett will be responsible for all of the men’s player evaluation for Under-20 players and the selection for Canada’s future National Junior Team Development and Selection Camps and Canada’s National Under-18 Programs. Hammett will also work with Hockey Canada’s National Under-17 Program.
Hammett, 39, has a wealth of scouting experience, having just finished eight years as a scout with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, including six years as the Avalanche’s Chief Scout. Hammett, a member of Avalanche staff in 2001 that won the Stanley Cup, also served as an NHL with the Nashville Predators for one season (1997-98) and with the NHL’s Central Scouting Services for one season (1996-97). Hammett also served as an associate coach with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels for one season (1995-96) and was Head Coach with the Kelowna Junior A Spartans from 1992-95, winning the Centennial Cup (now known as the RBC Royal Bank Cup) in 1993.
“This is an exciting day for Canada’s Men’s Hockey Programs,” said Bob Nicholson, President of Hockey Canada, who is attending the Hockey Canada International Coaching Conference and Program of Excellence coaching seminar in Toronto, ON. “We are very pleased to welcome Jim Hammett as our Head Scout. He has an abundance of scouting experience, and we look forward to him working with all the members of our reorganized Men’s National Teams department and Men’s teams, working towards bringing Canada additional international success in the coming seasons.”
“This represents a great opportunity and challenge,” said Hammett. “I look forward to working with the coaches, staff and players in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, with a goal of bringing more gold medals back to Canada.”
In announcing a reorganization of the Men’s National Teams department, Nicholson and Johnny Misley, Executive Vice-president of Hockey for Hockey Canada, announced the following:
Brad Pascall, Senior Director, Men’s National Teams / Communications
Scott Salmond, Director, Men’s National Teams
Jim Hammett, Head Scout
Ron Pyette, Manager, Men’s National Teams
Pascall will oversee both the Men’s National Teams and Communications functions for Hockey Canada and has been with Hockey Canada since 1998, most recently as its Senior Director, Communications. Pascall participated in the Under-17 and Under-18 programs as a player, and moved on to play defense within the Buffalo Sabres organization prior to joining Hockey Canada. Salmond has been in the Men’s hockey department of Hockey Canada for the past five years, including recently managing its National Men’s team. Pascall and Salmond will work closely with Hammett in the planning and preparation of Canada’s Men’s National Teams. Pyette will manage Men’s National Teams logistics and planning.
The Men’s Hockey Operations department oversees the Program of Excellence (Under-17 Regional Programs, National Under-18 Program, National Junior Team) and the Men’s Senior Programs (National Men’s Team, Men’s Worlds Team, Men’s Sledge Hockey Team, Men’s Olympic Team).
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