CALGARY, Alta. –
Hockey Canada has hired Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.) – most recently a
western Canadian amateur scout for the Calgary Flames – as its Program of
Excellence head scout.
McEwen, whose hockey background includes scouting, coaching, and management
roles for the better part of two decades with the Western Hockey League’s
Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift Current Broncos, will lead the player
evaluation and selection process for Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence
alongside regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario),
Barclay Parneta (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley
(Ontario) at the under-17 level, and with input from coaches and general
managers from across the Canadian Hockey League for the under-18 and
The hiring comes on the heels of the Buffalo Sabres’ announcement that Ryan
Jankowski (Calgary, Alta.), Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel,
was joining the Club as director of amateur scouting.
“Firstly, on behalf of Hockey Canada, I want to congratulate Ryan and thank
him for his leadership and commitment to our teams’ and players’ success
since joining our group in 2013,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of
hockey operations and men’s national teams. “We’re all looking forward to
working with Brad, who hits the ground running this week with our Ivan
Hlinka selection camp and National Junior Team development camp both
underway. Brad brings a wealth of hockey experience and familiarity with
both our POE program and the players within it. He’s a tremendous addition
to our team.”
McEwen, who was awarded the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as the 2001-02
WHL executive of the year, will work through a transition with Jankowski to
select Canada’s 2017 National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, which will
compete at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and
Bratislava, Slovakia, Aug. 7-12.
He then takes over the reins as head scout with an eye to fielding the best
in Canadian talent at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson
Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., in November, the 2018 IIHF World Junior
Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., in December, and the 2018 IIHF U18 World
Championship next spring.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please
visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along
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