Dave Baseggio joins the Kraken supremely qualified for the pivotal Director of Professional Scouting role for an expansion team. He notched 12 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, working as a pro scout, director of pro scouting and in the front-office role of assistant to the general manager. He coached two AHL teams over four seasons and served as an AHL assistant coach for five more seasons. As a player at Yale, he was selected 86th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1986 NHL Draft, playing nine pro seasons in the AHL, IHL and Europe.
Fun facts: He was captain at Yale as a senior, graduating with a degree in economics and also setting all-time scoring records as a defenseman. He and his brother, Rob, played three seasons together with the Bulldogs with 29 goals and 79 assists from 1985 to 1989.
Lorne Henning has won four Stanley Cups, two as a forward for the New York Islanders and two as an assistant coach. He played nine NHL seasons, all with the Islanders, before moving behind the bench as a coach for the Islanders. He served as an Islanders assistant for nine seasons over two stints, plus took over as head coach for parts of three NYI seasons. He was head coach of the Minnesota North Stars (now the Dallas Stars) for two seasons and added five more years as an NHL assistant in Chicago and Anaheim before moving on to front office roles, most recently with Montreal.
Fun Facts: He assisted on New York Islanders teammate Bob Nystrom's famed May 24, 1980 goal that won the first of four straight Stanley Cups for the Islanders dynasty of the 1980s.
Andrew Allen logged four seasons as goaltender coach for the Buffalo Sabres before joining the Kraken. He was a developmental goalie coach for the Chicago Blackhawks (2012-15) and its AHL affiliate in Rockford. He played college hockey for the University of Vermont and pro hockey for five seasons, including net time for four AHL teams plus starring the East Coach Hockey League, winning an ECHL championship with Trenton in 2005. He dressed for two NHL games with the Florida Panthers and participated in three NHL training camps as a pro.
Fun Facts: In the fall of 2005, he took a financial analyst job in Ottawa but also accepted a position developing goaltending training programs for young athletes. The Japanese Ice Hockey Federation took noticed and hired him as its national team coach from 2006 to 2011.
William White caught the attention of Kraken assistant general manager Ricky Olczyk when given the opportunity to scout some NHL games last season. "His reports had good insights and were very thorough," says Olczyk. "We have a spectrum of experience in our scouting group. We look forward to William's perspective." His experience includes scouting for the AHL Manitoba Moose and serving as a hockey program administrator developing adult and youth leagues internationally.
Fun Facts: He played NCAA hockey for Connecticut College, earning an economics degree and honor roll status. His dad, Scott, is an assistant general manager for the Dallas Stars and general manager of its AHL affiliate Texas Stars.
Ulf Samuelsson enjoyed a sixteen-season career in the NHL playing for Hartford, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers, Detroit and Philadelphia. Samuelsson went on to serve as assistant coach of three NHL teams, most recently the Chicago Blackhawks under former Hartford Whalers teammate Joel Quenneville. He also head coached the Charlotte Checkers in AHL for the 2016-17 season and for Modo Hockey of the Swedish professional league. He is considered an all-time great Swedish national player with deep Euro connections.
Fun Facts: He was traded from Hartford to Pittsburgh along with NHL Seattle GM Ron Francis in March 1991, resulting in two consecutive Stanley Cup titles in 1991 and 1992. He has two sons and a daughter that played in the U.S. Development Program.
Cammi Granato captained the U.S. women's hockey team that won the gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. She is a two-time Olympian and played in every women's world championship from 1990 to 2005. She played college hockey for Providence College as well as Concordia University in Montreal. She was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. Granato also won the Lester Patrick Trophy for her contributions to U.S. hockey.
Fun Facts: Granato is the NHL's only female pro scout. Her brother, Tony, is a former NHL player and now the men's head coach at NCAA powerhouse Wisconsin. Her brother, Don, is an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres. Her husband, Ray Ferraro, is a popular broadcaster and 18-year NHL veteran who played with Ron Francis on the Hartford Whalers.
Stu Barnes played center for sixteen NHL seasons with five teams: Winnipeg, Florida, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Dallas. He was drafted fourth overall in the 1989 NHL Draft; Mats Sudin was selected No. 1 while newly appointed Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin followed Barnes at No. 5. He served five seasons as NHL assistant coach with the Dallas Stars. After leaving the Stars in 2012-13, Barnes served in a dual capacity as co-owner of Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans based in Kennewick, WA and head coach of the Okanagan Academy Prep hockey team. As a junior, he also played for Tri-City for two seasons, scoring 185 points in 113 games.
Fun facts: Barnes played for and coached with Dave Tippett, ex-Kraken senior advisor. He grew up in Spruce Grove, Alberta, which named a hockey arena after him.
Dave Hunter brings with him a decade of pro and amateur scouting experience in the NHL, getting a part-time start scouting amateur and rising to pro scout. He worked alongside Seattle GM Ron Francis with the Carolina Hurricanes. Hunter played all four college years at Cornell from 1982 to 1986 and has deep coaching experience at Massachusetts high schools, including helping lead first public high school team to coveted state champions in hockey-mad Massachusetts. As head coach at MIT for four seasons, he won two championships in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association.
Fun facts: Hunter was born in Glasgow, Scotland. But he was raised in the hockey hotbed of St. Catharines, Ont., where he played junior hockey.
John Goodwin comes with extensive coaching experience in OHL juniors, including four seasons as assistant coach and three seasons as head coach of the Oshawa Generals. As a player, he led the OHL in scoring in 1980-81 with 56 goals and 110 assists in 68 games, which means he nearly averaged a goal or assist in nearly every period of every game. He additionally played five seasons in the American Hockey League (282 points in 315 games).
Fun facts: Goodwin starred for the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, following in the footsteps of new boss, Ron Francis, and Wayne Gretzky (who actually left to play in the World Hockey Association, opening up a spot for Goodwin as a OHL rookie). He is considered to be an offensive-play guru.