Prince George, B.C. - Prince George Cougars General Manager Dallas Thompson has announced that former NHLer and two-time B.C. Major Midget League champion coach Todd Harkins has been hired as Head Scout and Director of Player Personnel.
“Todd brings a wealth of experience not only as a former NHL player, but also as a coach and an administrator,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager Dallas Thompson. “He is familiar with all of the responsibilities required moving forward.”
“I’m very thrilled with the opportunity that has been presented to me by the Cougars organization,” said Todd Harkins. “I’m very fortunate that I’ve been chosen to take this position on and lead the Cougars through this process for the next few years.”
Last season Harkins served as a Vancouver-area scout for the Prince George Cougars and also filled in as an assistant coach for parts of December 2012, and January 2013.
Harkins adds, “I’m familiar with scouting players and not only looking at their talent, but looking at their character and dealing with families and making sure that people are making the right decisions. I will do this job with integrity and honesty.”
Previously Harkins led the North Shore Winter Club to three Provincial Pee Wee championships, and more recently helped lead the Vancouver Northwest Giants to two Provincial Major Midget championships. He was named the 2011-2012 B.C. Major Midget League Coach of the Year.
Cougars General Manager Dallas Thompson has also announced that both Western-Area scout Ron Gunville and Pacific-Area scout Bob Simmonds will have expanded roles as scouting directors in their respective territories.
Thompson adds, “Both Ron Gunville and Bob Simmonds have proven their commitment to the Prince George Cougars organization, and I am excited to be moving forward with this group.”
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