Longtime Edmonton Oilers
scout and assistant general manager Kevin Prendergast has been hired as head scout by Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence.
Prendergast's job will be to scout players for Canada's National Junior team, as well as its Under-18 and Under-17 tournament squads.
Prendergast replaces Al Murray, who resigned to last month to become director of amateur scouting for the Tampa Bay Lightning
"We are very happy to welcome Kevin Prendergast to Hockey Canada as our Program of Excellence head scout," said Brad Pascall
, vice-president of Hockey Operations/National Teams for Hockey Canada. "Kevin’s vast experience in scouting and player evaluation, along with his strong contacts, make him an ideal candidate for our organization as we continue to strive for excellence with our men's national teams."
Prendergast spent 20 years with the Oilers, as well as seven seasons as assistant director of scouting with NHL Central Scouting. He also served as director of player personnel for Canada's 2002 World Championship team, and did player evaluations for Canada's 1988 Olympic team.
"I'm honored to have been named head scout of Hockey Canada's men's Program of Excellence," Prendergast said. "I'm excited about assisting Canada continue to set the standard for hockey excellence around the world."