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Scouting Staff

Michael Hughes - Head Scout

Michael1973461_10202703040589959_8571698121468442195_o hails from Omaha, NE and has been involved in the sport for over 35 years as a player, referee, coach and administrator.  He brings a solid background in coaching having coached at all levels holding certification at the USA Hockey level 4 currently.

In his spare time Michael loves to work on graphic designs for web graphics, t-shirts and logos.  He also enjoys doing local hockey write ups to support his high school hockey team that he looks after.  He also performs color commentating for the Omaha Junior Lancers High School Hockey games and also is host of the weekly Red Line Show.

Michael will be working hard to bring quality players to our organization and will head up our group of scouts across the USA and Canada.

Contact Michael Hughes - Phone (402) 714-1986

Dale Sumner - California Scout

photo op - Dale SumnerCurrently Dale is the Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development for the Fernando Soltero Hockey Academy In Upland California

Dale works as a Goaltender Consultant/Instructor focusing on Tracking, Sports Vision Training, Slide Mechanics and Movements working under the tutelage of Reto Schurch the Director of the Swiss National Goaltending program Reto was trained by the Great Francois Allaire

Dale also assists in Player Development for the California Wave Ontario Rink Youth Hockey Organization

HIs past associations include recommendations to the ECHL for players and Goaltenders where I provided several  Emergency Back Up Goaltending (EBUG), assisting in  the development of camps for Junior programs and Pro Prospect Goaltending Camps as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Dale also works with Family Advisors and can help you with your transition into navigating thru the process of playing Junior Hockey

Contact Dale Sumner - Phone: (909) 434-5510

Mike Jones - Minnesota Scout

Mike JonesMike comes to the TRF Norskies with a lifetime of experiences as a former player, referee, administrator, coach and hockey parent. He holds a Level 4 coaching certification from USA Hockey and is currently a scout in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

Mike has worked with many hockey development groups to develop and implement player evaluation systems. His passion is to identify high potential players and help them secure opportunities to play at the next level.

Contact Mike Jones or by Phone: (651) 214-1325

Chad Ballard - Minneapolis/St Paul Scout

Chad Ballard

Chad has over 18 years as a hockey coach.  Twelve years within USA Hockey and six years in the MNJHL/USPHL.  Chad’s strengths are communication, honesty, managing athletic programs, recruiting, development of talent at all levels and preparing athletes for the next level of competition on and off the ice.  Chad’s experience in junior hockey include head coach Maple Grove/Blaine Energy USPHL/MNJHL from 2014-2017; assistant coach of Maple Grove Energy MNJHL 2011-2014.

Chad’s goal for each season is to help advance players to compete at the highest level of hockey that they can achieve. During the summers Chad coaches at the Minnesota Hockey Camps in Brainerd, MN.

Glenn Hobson - Manitoba Scout

Glenn is from Winnipeg Manitoba and is a coach/manager of the Kelvin High School hockey team. He is a retired member of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic service where he coached the Winnipeg Western Canadian Firefighters championship team.

Glenn will work hard to bring quality players to our team from the Winnipeg Manitoba region. 

Contact Glenn Hobson - (204) 287-8185

Bryce Edie - Northwestern Ontario Scout

photo op - Bryce EdieBryce was born in Kenora, ON and has been involved in hockey as a player for 18 years and four years as a scout. He is a graduate of Sports Management WorldWide’s Hockey General Manager and Scouting course and looks forward to bring his knowledge to the Norskies.

After graduating as an English and Philosophy double major last spring from the University of Manitoba, Bryce is completing a two-year Bachelor of Education at Lakehead while he searches for new prospective talent for our Norskies at Thunder Bay rinks.

Contact Bryce Edie

Logan McDonell - Southern Ontario Scout

LogLogan McDonellan grew up in the Northwestern Ontario town of Atikokan. After his minor hockey career was completed he made the leap to tier II Junior A where he played for the Fort Frances Sabres (now known as the Lakers) for his first 2 seasons then went down the road to Sioux Lookout where Logan was the captain of the Flyers for his final junior season.

The next summer I was offered an opportunity down under to play a season of hockey. After a year down under Logan landed in Madison Wisconsin unfortunately, the team and league eventually folded and the dream ended.

Logan currently live in Newcastle, Ontario where he works as an operator in a waste to energy facility.

The love of the game still runs deep and he enjoys watching all levels of hockey and will be helping the Norskies recruit potential players and help them reach their hockey goals.

Contact Logan McDonell

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