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Blizzard Hire Scouting Staff

In the days since Head Coach and GM Eric Labrosse’s hiring, he has been busy making key moves for the organization. One of the first decisions he made was to ensure the Blizzard added two elite scouting staff members that will help bring quality players to the club. Ryan Goethals will take the role of Director of Player Personnel and Mark Patton joins as Head Scout.

Ryan Goethals: Director of Player Personnel

“I am very excited and honoured to be joining the Blizzard. I want to thank Head Coach/GM Eric Labrosse for giving me this opportunity and putting his trust in me to help build something special here. I’m looking forward to working very closely with Eric and Mark Patton for many years to come.

We are going to be a hard working staff that is dedicated to finding the right players that fit what we are looking for within our organization, developing them into even better hockey players and human beings, and achieving team success. I can’t wait to get started and begin this new challenge.”


Mark Patton : Head Scout

“I am excited to be joining the Blizzard in the role of Head Scout. We have some really good pieces in place already and good prospects. Lead by Head Coach Eric Labrosse, I have no doubt that we can return the organization to being a main stay at the top of the standings.

I am eager to get going, and I am honoured to be a part of the organization.”

“Adding both Ryan Goethals as Director of Player Personnel and Mark Patton as Head Scout to the staff was a priority of mine. To build a great organization you need to have a staff on board that has knowledge of the young talent that’s out there. That’s exactly what Ryan and Mark will bring to us.

Their experience whether it’d be with their current WHL teams, as well as their past experiences in Junior A hockey, Ryan being with the La Ronge Ice Wolves the last few years and Mark with the Flin Flon Bombers, will serve the Blizzard’s future tremendously. Their mandate will be to prepare the Blizzard’s future for the MJHL drafts to come, as well as following up on our drafted prospects progress throughout their respective seasons. Their role will be key to making the future of the Blizzard bright for many years to come.

I’m happy they’ve decided to join our organization and look forward to get the season going with them both.” – Eric Labrosse

We welcome both to our tri-community!