With a lifetime spent in hockey, David saw his dreams come true when he won the Stanley Cup as a Scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.
But a ring isn’t the only thing David brings to the PCI team – he also has deep hockey knowledge and vast experience with the game.
After playing hockey for the Henry Carr Crusaders growing up, David earned his degrees at the University of Toronto and Brock University, and became a teacher. He spent 30 years teaching high school Health and Physical Education, and also coaching hockey and baseball.
During this time, David accumulated 20 years of experience working in the NHL as a scout. He has scouted for the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins. He then shifted his attention to junior hockey, where he helped guide the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack as its Director of Scouting for five years.
In addition to his own hockey accolades, David’s family name runs deep within the game. His dad, Gerry, played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, later becoming Chief Scout and discovering Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom. Gerry went on to become General Manager of the Leafs, and was responsible for drafting Wendel Clark, Russ Courtnall and Gary Leeman. In 1989, Gerry won the Stanley Cup as a Pro Scout with the Calgary Flames.
David’s brother Bob received an NCAA scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, and then played in the Buffalo Sabres’ organization. When his playing career was over, he went on to work as an executive in both the IHL and AHL, ultimately winning a Stanley Cup ring as the GM of the Detroit Red Wings’ farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, David’s brother John has scouted for the Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and currently scouts for the Carolina Hurricanes.
While not too many families can boast they have three Stanley Cup rings on the management side of hockey, it’s David’s teaching and mentoring personality that we believe will most help parents and their young players achieve all their hockey goals.