WASHINGTON, D.C. September 8, 2005 The Washington Capitals today named Dave Draper to the team’s pro scouting staff, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.
Draper comes to the Capitals with more than 35 years of hockey management experience, including four seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes and nine years with the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques. He joined the Coyotes as the team’s vice president of scouting and director of player personnel, overseeing all aspects of the team’s scouting, including both the professional and amateur scouting departments. Prior to 2001 Draper was director of player development and pro scout (1991-95), chief scout (1996-98) and consultant to the president (1998-2000) for the Avalanche.
Before moving to the NHL level, Draper was the director of scouting for the Canadian National Junior Team from 1986-91, guiding Canada to World Junior Championships in 1988 and 1991. He served several positions with Hamilton of the Ontario Hockey League during a 17-year term beginning in 1972. As head coach and later general manager of the junior team, he won a Memorial Cup championship in 1976.
Draper began his hockey career in 1965 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech. He continued coaching in various collegiate positions through 1972. During that time he twice led Loyola College (Montreal) of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) to the Quebec Provincial championship as their head coach. At Loyola he also coached Larry Carriere, whom he joins as a pro scout with the Capitals.