(September 10, 2004) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the hockey club has added Shawn Simpson as a professional scout, Dave Morrison as an amateur scout and Steve McKichan as goaltending consultant.
Simpson was director of hockey operations for the Washington Capitals for seven years from 1997 to 2004. In his role, he assisted and advised the general manager in all player related matters, oversaw the club's development programs, and worked with the professional and amateur scouting staff. Simpson also served as the general manager of the Portland Pirates, the Capitals' top minor-league affiliate and was a member of the American Hockey League's competition committee. In addition, he oversaw Capitals prospects playing with Washington's other developmental teams.
The native of Vancouver, British Columbia joined Washington as a scout in 1992 and spent 12 seasons with the Capitals organization as a member of the hockey operations staff. Simpson was originally the 60th overall selection in the 1986 Entry Draft and the first goaltender selected in the draft. He played for Canada's under-18 national team in 1986, and the national junior team in 1987 before joining Baltimore of the American Hockey League from 1988 to 1991.
Morrison was an amateur scout for the Vancouver Canucks since the 1999-2000 season. He was originally the 34th overall pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft of the Los Angeles Kings and he played 39 career NHL games for Los Angeles and Vancouver collecting six points (three goals, three assists) with four penalty minutes. He also played 206 career AHL games collecting 126 points (58 goals, 68 assists) with 141 penalty minutes.
After the 1984-85 season, Morrison spent the next 13 seasons playing hockey in Europe for teams such as Berlin and Kassel of the German Elite League as well as Manchester of the British Super League.
McKichan, was the Vancouver Canucks' Supplemental Draft selection in 1988 after attending Miami of Ohio of the NCAA. During the 1990-91 season he set a team record with the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League for the fewest goals allowed in one season. He sustained a career-ending injury in the 1990-91 season with Milwaukee after appearing in his only career NHL game earlier that season with Vancouver.
As goaltending coach with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL in 1996-97 the team captured the Turner Cup Championship with the goaltending tandem of Jeff Reese and Rich Parent setting a record for the lowest goals against average in the league's history. McKichan has worked with Ed Belfour since the start of the 2003-04 season and he will work closely with the goaltenders at all levels of the organization.