FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the club has signed Alan Hepple as the team's new Director of Pro Scouting. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are very pleased to welcome Alan to our organization," said Armstrong. "Alan is extremely knowledgeable and is an excellent talent evaluator. He played a very important role in building the current Colorado Avalanche roster and we are thrilled to have him lead our professional scouting department."
Hepple joins the Coyotes following 19 seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, who won the 2021 Presidents' Trophy, which is awarded to the team with the best record in the NHL regular season. He most recently was the team's Director of Amateur Scouting after being promoted to that post on July 1, 2015.
Since Hepple assumed the role of Director of Amateur Scouting in 2015, the Avalanche made several notable draft choices including Bowen Byram (2019), Alex Newhook (2019), Cale Makar (2017) and Tyson Jost (2016).
Hepple joined the Avalanche organization as an amateur scout in February 2002 and was named assistant director of amateur scouting in 2009.
Prior to his time with the Avalanche, Hepple spent four years as an amateur scout with the Nashville Predators. He also worked one year as an associate coach with the Utica Blizzard of the Colonial Hockey League in 1996-97.
The former defenseman was drafted by the New Jersey Devils (ninth round, 169th overall) in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He played in three games with the Devils from 1983-86. Hepple also appeared in 365 American Hockey League (AHL) contests with the Maine Mariners, Utica Devils and Newmarket Saints.
The Blaydon, County Durham, England native finished his playing career with the San Diego Gulls and Cincinnati Cyclones in the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1992-93.