WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets scouting staff will look a whole lot different next season. Mark Hillier has been promoted from Head Amateur Scout to the position of Director of Amateur Scouting. Hillier takes over the job from Marcel Comeau who has decided to step back to spend more time with his family. Comeau will stay in the organization as an amateur scout.
Hillier has been with the Jets since the beginning and in his new role will be responsible for overseeing their amateur scouting. Hillier originally came over from the Thrashers after 8 seasons with Atlanta. He also spent 13 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Jets also announced they’ve hired three others to their scouting staff. Former Montreal Canadiens forward Kjell Dahlin joins the organization as a European Amateur Scout. He won a Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1986 and was named to the NHL’s all-rookie team. He’ll be based out of Sweden and replaces Michael Sundlov who has taken a general manager position with Karlskrona in Sweden.
Jari Grönstrand is the Jets new European Professional scout after working in a similar role with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the past nine years. He’ll be based in Finland and takes over from Anders Gozzi who is now the G.M. with AIK in Stockholm.
The final new hire is Mark White who takes a position as a college free agent scout. He joins the Jets after six years at Brown University, most recently as Associate Head Coach. White assumes the role from Brian Renfrew who has been given an increased role in amateur scouting after Tavis MacMillan accepted a job as assistant coach with the University of Denver.