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01-03-2004, 04:45 PM
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How do you become an NHL scout?

just a simple little question. any know the answer?

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just a simple little question. any know the answer?
The best way is to start yourself off at the absolute bottom...

Coaching/Assitant coaching minor hockey in your local neighbourhood. It will probably take 15-20 years, but you can't really just walk up to a teams GM and say "Hey, can I be a scout?". You'll need to develop a successful background in minor hockey, then move up to junior. From junior, your options may open up slightly more, or they may be a dead end.

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ok thanks, that'd be one sweet job eh.

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One of the Thrashers main scouts used to be a journalist. Not the recommended route, but it has been done.

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try post in the Hockey Writers Q & A forum thats where people in the business are perhaps they might be able to provide you more tips, but check back here there are other posters who might give you an idea. I can't say for hockey but for football you have to do pretty much what dawgbone said plus get yourself registered by passing exams. dont know if the same is for hockey

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alright, thanks rabi, dawgbone and hollyg

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It will probably take 15-20 years, but you can't really just walk up to a teams GM and say "Hey, can I be a scout?".

Chris McCarthy, Oiler scout of 11 years, is just 33 years old. After finishing up his Junior hockey career he had some ties in the scouting world and got hooked up with the Oilers as a scout... at 22 years of age.

Probably the exception to the rule as 80% of the scouts I've run into this year are +40 years old.

You obviously have to have the ability to pick out talent, and guaranteed that's not as easy as we like to think it is. "Mugu" has done some scouting I think he said... I'm sure he could give us some good input.

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Chris McCarthy, Oiler scout of 11 years, is just 33 years old. After finishing up his Junior hockey career he had some ties in the scouting world and got hooked up with the Oilers as a scout... at 22 years of age.

Probably the exception to the rule as 80% of the scouts I've run into this year are +40 years old.

You obviously have to have the ability to pick out talent, and guaranteed that's not as easy as we like to think it is. "Mugu" has done some scouting I think he said... I'm sure he could give us some good input.
Didn't the late Ace Bailey help Chris McCarthy get into scouting.

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make friends with someone who has the power to give you a job.

That's the easiest way, no doubt.

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Didn't the late Ace Bailey help Chris McCarthy get into scouting.

That's what Chris told me. I didn't want to delve intot hat too much as C-Mac hasn't really given me the thumbs up on telling his life story.

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Have the hockey knowledge of a guy like LMHF#1 And go around in front of organizational types spouting said knowledge.





I may very well follow through on that career path one day

and YES, for all the strange people who are ready to post the "you think you're so big blah blah blah, ignorant blah blah" I do know in fact how tough this kind of thing is

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heh, ok thanks, I just think it would be an awesome job.

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