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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Name: Barclay Parneta
Years with the Coyotes: 1st Year
Years as a scout: 20 Years
Areas scouted: Primarily, the Western Hockey League and other Western leagues.
How many games do you see a year? I saw about 170 games this year. I traveled from Brandon to Portland, all over the West.
How did you get your start in scouting? I played four years in Major Junior Hockey in the Western Hockey League and in Tier II in Canada. After that, I scouted in the Western Hockey League for 14 years with my last stop being with the Vancouver Giants.
What are your thoughts about players that come out of the Canadian Hockey League? I think the CHL as a whole is a good developmental league. You get a high amount of games and a good amount of travel, which you can easily transition to professional hockey. I don’t think they get a full taste like you have in the NHL, but it is a great start.
How did you end up joining the Coyotes? I think they were looking for a full-time person in the West and my name came up. I was with an up-and-coming organization with the St. Louis Blues, so either (Director of Amateur Scouting Keith Gretzky) or (Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving) must have seen me in the ranks. I must have been doing something right to get noticed.

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