Director, Pro Scouting
Al Tuer enters his eighth season with the Panthers as a professional scout.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the ninth round (186th overall) of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Tuer played 10 seasons as a pro, registering 2,464 PIM in 630 games.
Following his career as a player, Tuer served as head coach and General Manager of the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) before taking an amateur scouting position with the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. From 2001-2010, Tuer served as an amateur scout with the Calgary Flames.
Director, Amateur Scouting
Jason Bukala enters his sixth season with the Panthers and his second season as Director of Amateur Scouting. Prior to working with Florida, he spent five years scouting for the Nashville Predators as a North American amateur scout.
Prior to his time in Nashville, Bukala was Director of Player Personnel for the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL.
Bukala and his wife, Michelle reside in London, Ont., and have two sons, Kian and Kaden.
Director, European Amateur Scouting
Jari Kekalainen enters his 16th season with the Panthers as a European Scout.
Under Kekalainen's guidance, the Panthers have selected seven Finnish prospects over the last seven NHL Drafts including Aleksander Barkov (2013) and Henrik Borgstrom (2016).
As a player, Kekalainen skated with Kuopio in the Finnish Junior League from 1988-91 before playing one year for Tampere. The Kekalainen family is well respected around the National Hockey League. Jari has two brothers working in the NHL, Jarmo, the General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Janne, a European Scout of the Nashville Predators.
Kekalainen resides in Helsinki, Finland.