The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club announced Monday that Director, Scouting and Hockey Operations Jake Heisinger has signed a five-year contract extension with the organization.
Heisinger has been with the ICE since 2017.
“Jake shares the same philosophy as the rest of our organization, progressive thinking, hard work combined with passion for our players and community,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager. “Evaluating Jake’s approach to this year’s draft, player evaluation and management style made this an easy decision for the ICE.”
Cockell added, “Heisinger is a very talented young hockey mind and has a very bright future ahead.”
In his role with the ICE, Heisinger oversees the scouting team and the evaluation of players for the WHL Bantam Draft. He also works closely with the prospects in the system regarding player development.
Heisinger spent a large portion of his first year with the organization in a scouting role and led the ICE scouting staff at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft in Red Deer. Heisinger also contributed with the overall player experience and on the Hockey Operations side.
As well as scouting and player development, Heisinger works closely alongside President and General Manager Matt Cockell, in the Hockey Operations department, including player evaluations and roster transactions.
Heisinger joined the organization after graduating from Curry College in Boston.
TARAS MCEWEN EXTENDED FOR THREE YEARS
The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club also announced that Manager, Scouting and Hockey Operations Taras McEwen has signed a three-year contract extension with the organization.
McEwen joined the organization in 2017.
“Taras is a hard worker and a bright hockey mind,” Heisinger explained. “Taras is a key contributor in the WHL Bantam Draft process and he is committed to the type of player we want to draft for our organization.”
McEwen joined the ICE after spending time within the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League as the Hockey Operations Assistant and Assistant Coach with the Notre Dame Hounds.
TYLER MACDONALD ADDED TO SCOUTING STAFF
In addition, Tyler MacDonald is joining the ICE as a member of its scouting staff.
“Tyler will add another voice to our scouting staff to assist with evaluating bantam-aged players,” said Heisinger. “Tyler has spent some time scouting in the past and we are excited to add him to our team.”
MacDonald returns to the organization after spending six seasons as a Manitoba regional scout with the ICE from 2009-2014.
– From the Kootenay ICE