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Colletti, former Dodgers GM, hired by Sharks as pro scout

Longtime executive spent nearly 40 years in Major League Baseball @NHLdotcom

Ned Colletti, a longtime sports executive and the former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, was hired by the San Jose Sharks as a pro scout Friday.

Colletti will focus primarily on the NHL and American Hockey League.

"Ned has an extensive background working in professional sports and talent evaluation and he will bring a fresh perspective to our organization's evaluation process," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "This was a unique opportunity to add someone of Ned's experience to our staff."

The Chicago native, who grew up attending Blackhawks games and was a hockey writer for the now-defunct Philadelphia Bulletin in the 1980s, worked in Major League Baseball for nearly 40 years and was general manager of the Dodgers for nine seasons (2006-14). During that span, the Dodgers advanced to the postseason five times and made three trips to the National League Championship Series. They had the highest winning percentage of any team in the National League during his tenure.

Since 2014, Colletti has been an analyst for SportsNet Los Angeles and a professor of sports management at Pepperdine University.

Colletti began his baseball career working for the Chicago Cubs in 1982 and was part of their front office when they won the National League East in 1984 and 1989. He joined the San Francisco Giants as director of baseball operations in 1994 and was promoted to assistant GM two years later. The Giants averaged 90 wins during Colletti's 11 seasons with them.

The Sharks also added Jon Hull as an amateur scout covering the United States Hockey League, and former NHL defenseman Tomi Kallio as their scout for Finland.

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