Canes hire Nieuwendyk as professional scout

calexander@newsobserver.comSeptember 3, 2014 

— The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday the hiring of Joe Nieuwendyk, a Hockey Hall of Famer and former Dallas Stars general manager, as a professional scout and advisor.

Canes general manager Ron Francis praised Nieuwendyk’s “wealth of experience and knowledge” and said he would be a major asset in player evaluations. Nieuwendyk will be based in Dallas.

“I have a lot of respect for Ron,” Nieuwendyk said Wednesday. “He’s a passionate person and he wants to win. I hope I can be a good sounding board for Ron, who is a first-time GM, and offer any advice I can.”

Nieuwendyk, 47, served as the Stars’ GM from 2009 until 2013, building the foundation for the Stars’ playoff team in 2014. Among the players he acquired were Alex Goligoski, Kari Lehtonen, Cody Eakin, Alex Chiasson and former Canes forward Ray Whitney.

“I think I have a good feel for the league and the players in the league,” Nieuwendyk said of his scouting responsibilities. “You always look for character players who can fit in with what you want to do as a team.”

Before joining the Stars, he served in advisory roles for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers. He also served as assistant general manager for Canada’s silver-medal winning team at the 2009 World Championship.

As a player, Nieuwendyk won the Stanley Cup with three teams in three decades – Calgary in 1989, Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in 2003. He played in 1,257 career NHL games, scoring 564 career goals and totaling 562 assists and was a four-time NHL All-Star.

Nieuwendyk appeared in 158 career Stanley Cup playoff games, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP in the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2011.

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