Friday, August 7, 2015
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have hired former NHL goaltender Doug Soetaert as the Club’s Western professional scout.
The 59-year-old Soetaert spent the last two seasons in Europe serving as the Head Scout for Red Bull Hockey. Soetaert was responsible for scouting all of Europe’s pro leagues, covering the American Hockey League and evaluating all possible free agents. He worked with Red Bull Munich (DEL) during the 2014-15 season and with Salzburg (Austrian Hockey League) in 2013-14.
From 2002-2012, Soetaert served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Everett Silvertips (WHL). Under his direction, Everett won three U.S. Division titles, a Western Conference championship and a Scotty Munro Trophy for the league's best record. Soetaert left Everett during the 2005-06 season to join the Calgary Flames' AHL affiliate in Omaha where he was the President of the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights and Assistant General Manager of the Calgary Flames. In addition, Soetaert was the Executive Vice President for the Kansas City Blades (IHL) from 1990-2001. He served as the Blades head coach for the 1990-91 season. The Blades won the Turner Cup in 1991-92.
Soetaert, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, played 12 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens. He appeared in 284 games and posted a record of 110-104-42 with a 3.97 goals against average. Soetaert won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Canadiens in 1986. He was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round (30th overall) of the 1975 Entry Draft.