Building for future success all starts today.
The Hitmen announced today that Dallas Thompson will become the new Director of Player Personnel, after spending two years with the team as the British Columbia Scouting Director.
It’s a role that Thompson is thrilled to take on and is looking forward to working with the other scouts and management in helping shape the roster for years to come.
“I’m happy and proud to get this going,” Thompson said. “I’m very excited about taking things to the next step and can’t wait for it all.”
The Kelowna native had over 15 years of scouting and WHL managerial experience prior to joining the Hitmen in 2015. He first joined the league as a player with the Tacoma Rockets from 1992-95 where he was team captain before moving to the Prince George Cougars in the late 1990’s.There he made the transition into coaching and management serving as the Cougars General Manager for 10 seasons from 2004 to 2014.
With his wealth of experience in the Dub and familiarity with what the organization are looking for, the transition will be seamless for him, as he is preparing for the responsibilities that come with overseeing the scouting.
Thompson is already pleased with how the roster and prospect pool are looking going forward, and wants to further build on what’s been started to help the team get back to the top.
“We want to win,” Thompson said. “The last two years we’ve had some really good drafts and we’re very excited about those younger guys. The biggest thing is to get the scouts organized and let them know what we’re looking for and what we want in players to be successful.”
“It’ll be important to get everyone organized and making sure we’re on the same page on letting them know what we’re looking for in a Hitmen player.”
With many key pieces and the majority of the roster being kept intact, Thompson believes that the team is ready to take their game to the next step, after a rollercoaster season that ended sooner than what they would have liked.
Despite this, the newly appointed director believes that there could be a major improvement for the 2107-18 season, with last season serving as a learning experience for the team as a whole in the events of injuries or World Juniors that cause players to draw out of the lineup. This is where the depth of a team is showcased, depth that he’ll be looking to help provide.
“When you have this many returning players you’re hoping to take some strides,” Thompson said. “Last year didn’t go the way we wanted it to but you take things away from it and I think we’re headed in the right direction.”