Devils name Dan MacKinnon Sr. Director of Player Personnel
/ New Jersey Devils
Newark, NJ—The New Jersey Devils today named Dan MacKinnon to the position of Senior Director of Player Personnel. MacKinnon will oversee all aspects of the club’s pro scouting operations. In addition, he will work with the organization’s hockey operations and pro/amateur scouting staffs regarding player evaluation, acquisition and draft preparation. MacKinnon will be based out of the Detroit area. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
“I would like to thank Jim Rutherford and the Pittsburgh Penguins organization in allowing Dan to join the New Jersey Devils,” said Shero. “I have had the pleasure to work with Dan early on in our careers, and I look forward to him helping shape the organization moving forward.”
MacKinnon, 42, joins the Devils after spending the previous ten seasons (2006-2016) with the Pittsburgh Penguins, including the last seven as director of player personnel. He served in that role for the 2016 Stanley Cup Championship team. In that position, MacKinnon oversaw all of the Penguins’ professional and amateur scouting operations in North America and Europe. He spent two seasons as director of professional scouting, and joined the organization as a scout in 2006. From 2000-2006, MacKinnon was with the Nashville Predators where he worked with Shero, serving as a professional scout (four years) and scouting coordinator (two years). He has also worked in the league office for the American Hockey League and for the Mississauga Ice Dogs (OHL).
Prior to his professional career, MacKinnon served as an assistant coach for Ohio University’s hockey team, where he worked to receive a master’s degree in Athletic Administration. MacKinnon played three seasons of Canadian College hockey, one with Mount Allison University (AUAA) in 1994-95 and two with the University of Waterloo (OUAA) from 1996-98. He played junior hockey in Pembroke (CJHL, 1991-93) and Kingston (MetJHL, 1993-94).