KENNEWICK, WA - Tri-City Americans' Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the club has selected Barclay Parneta to replace recently retired former Dir. of Player Personnel/Asst. General Manger Terry Bangen for the upcoming 2010-11 season.
In a newly realigned hockey operations department, Parneta will become the team's new Prospect Development Coach and Head Scout. This position will report directly to the General Manager with guidance and support from Bangen, the Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations.
Over the past 21 years, Parneta has been involved in scouting hockey from the Western Hockey League to the National Hockey League. Parneta first entered the scouting profession in 1989-90 when he scouted for the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. After one season with the Tigers, Parneta spent the next 10 as the British Columbia scouting director for the Americans under Bob Brown and Scott Bonner. In 2000, he opted to join the then-expansion franchise, Vancouver Giants. Parneta made the jump to the NHL in 2003 when he was named an amateur scout for the St. Louis Blues. Then, in 2008, Parneta took a similar position within the Phoenix Coyotes organization where he has spent the past two seasons.
"Barclay brings a wealth of experience having worked both at the WHL and NHL levels," said Tory. "He is enthusiastic, approachable, friendly, compassionate and hard working...I look forward to working with him in this new role with our hockey club."
"I'm just really excited to join a first-place hockey club and I'm just looking to continue the great job that Bob (Tory) and Terry (Bangen) have done over the years, developing this program into one of the best in the league," Parneta explained. "I've spent the last seven years in the NHL and have watched (the Americans) grow and get better and better. If I had a young kid, this is the organization that I'd want them to learn, develop and play for."
Parneta will officially begin his position on August 15.
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