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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bruins announce promotions in scouting department

The Boston Bruins announced in a team release today a pair of interesting moves which will have an effect on the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Scott Fitzgerald was named the team's Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting. "Fitzy" comes from an extensive hockey background in the Boston area: he is Tom Fitzgerald's brother, Ryan Fitzgerald's uncle and a cousin of Blackhawks first-rounder Kevin Hayes and recently acquired older brother Jimmy. He'll be Wayne Smith's no. 2 man and will be based out of Boston, giving him an extensive scouting portfolio in the North America. He's been the B's main man in New England over the past four seasons, so it's nice to seem him get the recognition for his efforts with the promotion.

Also announced was the naming of Ryan Nadeau to the scouting staff in addition to his title as Director of Hockey Administratin-- he'll cover college prospects in the Eastern U.S. region and Canada. Ryan is a great guy-- he first joined the Bruins organization as their media relations director in 2003 and then joined the hockey operations staff in 2006. He's worked his way up in the organization the old fashioned way and is now being given an opportunity to have a direct impact on the team's future.

Congratulations to both Fitzgerald and Nadeau-- knowing both of them personally, it's a real pleasure to be able to devote some space to them on this blog, as I have confidence that they will strengthen an already successful amateur scouting operation for the Bruins.

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