(PRESS RELEASE: Penguins announce hirings in hockey department
The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Jay Heinbuck as their new Director of Amateur Scouting, it was announced Thursday by General Manager Ray Shero.
Heinbuck has worked the last four years with the New York Islanders as the United States Head Amateur Scout, working closely with Head Amateur Scout Tony Feltrin on all scouting matters.
Heinbuck oversaw amateur scouting efforts inside the U.S. and also scouted in Canada and Europe during his tenure with the Islanders.
In his new role with the Penguins, Heinbuck will oversee amateur scouting in North America and Europe. Prior to joining the New York Islanders in 2002, Heinbuck spent 10 years as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University.
Heinbuck served as St. Lawrence’s primary recruiter and helped the Saints to ECAC championships in 2000 and 2001 and NCAA tournament appearances in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Heinbuck, a native of Mitchell, Ontario, began his coaching career at his alma mater, Northeastern University in 1990 after a prolific collegiate career.
Heinbuck played four years at Northeastern University (1982-86) and holds the record for most points (70) and assists (40) in a single season (1985-86). He was Northeastern’s Most Valuable Player in 1986 and named to the Hockey East All-Star Team. Jay and his wife Jodi reside in Canton, New York and have two children, a daughter, Sydney and a son, Lucas.
PENGUINS NAME SIX TO SCOUTING STAFF
The Pittsburgh Penguins have named six members to their scouting staff, it was announced by General Manager Ray Shero.
Patrik Allvin enters his first season with the Penguins as a European scout after spending the last four years as a European scout with the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to joining the Canadiens, Allvin played in the Swedish Elite League and spent two years (1995-97) playing in North America in the IHL and ECHL. Allvin has a bachelors degree from the University of Darland and resides in Sweden.
Chuck Grillo returns for his sixth season with the Penguins as an amateur scout. Grillo has 25 years of NHL experience in scouting and personnel.
Grillo was a scout for the New York Rangers from 1980-88. He joined the San Jose Sharks and served as director of player personnel from 1992-96 where he was responsible for drafting 2000-01 NHL Rookie of the Year, Evgeni Nabakov. Prior to joining the Sharks, Grillo served as director of pro scouting for the Minnesota North Stars. Grillo also owns and operates the highly successful Minnesota Hockey Camps, considered in the profession as the finest hockey development center in North America.
Dan MacKinnon enters his first season as a professional scout with the Penguins. He previously worked six seasons for the Nashville Predators, four as a professional scout and two as scouting coordinator.
MacKinnon worked for the American Hockey League office and the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League before joining the Predators in 2000.
He played junior and college hockey in Canada, graduating as an Academic All-Canadian from the University of Waterloo in 1998. MacKinnon received a masters degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.
Jim Madigan enters his first season with the Penguins as an amateur scout after spending 13 years with the New York Islanders.
Madigan is responsible for scouting the New England area. Madigan joined the Islanders after spending seven seasons (1986-93) as an assistant coach at Northeastern University, his alma mater, and one season as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont.
Madigan played four seasons at Northeastern (1981-85), recording 78 points (34+44) in 119 games. Madigan was recently recognized for twenty years of service to Northeastern University.
Bill O’Flaherty enters his first season as a professional scout with the Penguins, after serving as the director of player personnel for the Los Angeles Kings since 1997. With the Kings, O’Flaherty oversaw the Kings minor league operations and assisted Dave Taylor in all facets of hockey operations.
Prior to joining the Kings, O’Flaherty worked at Clarkson University for 30 years. He spent 11 years as the athletic director and served as the Golden Knights head coach for six seasons, posting a 134-59-12 record. He assumed the dual role of athletic director and head coach in 1984 before assuming the sole duty of athletic director in 1986. The Toronto native played three years of hockey at Clarkson (1968-70) and competed for the NCAA championship in 1970 at Lake Placid.
Matt Recchi enters his second season with the Penguins as an amateur scout. Recchi’s primary focus is western Canada. Prior to joining the Penguins in 2005, Recchi spent three seasons as a scout with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. Recchi also served as an assistant coach with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL.