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
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).
For more information on the International Coaches Conference, please visit Hockey Canada’s official
website at www.hockeycanada.ca