Former Attack Star Joins Scouting Staff
A former Owen Sound Attack star is coming back into the organization.
It was recently announced that former star forward Joey Hishon will be joining the scouting department for the Attack. Owen Sound GM Dale DeGray says having Hishon back in the fold is a great thing.
“To have a guy come back to the fold or the family that was such an integral part of our development, and really right from the get go, Joey came in as a 16-year-old and was arguably our best player. So if he can go and find us some players that are similar to him and the way he played, I think we’re all better for it.”
Hishon spent 4 seasons in Owen Sound, and in 214 games posted 255 points. While the Attack want Hishon to get his feet wet scouting the local area, DeGray says they will make sure he has a chance to scout bigger events as well.
“We’ll get him to some tournaments so he can see what it’s like at say, the Toronto Marlies tournament, or the Whitby Silver Stick, where there’s some great teams from all over North America, and he can gauge local talent against some of the best from all around North America.”
DeGray says Hishon, on top of scouting, will be heavily involved in player development and skills work on the ice, and will pass his knowledge on of his time being a high end first round NHL pick to the young players. Hishon was selected by the Colorado Avalanche 17th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He most recently played for Lulea HF in the Swedish Elite League, hanging up his skates after last season ended. DeGray says it’s great to have a great Attack alumnus come back to be a part of the future, and help out the players that are part of the team now and in the future.
“That’s all we have, we have our own history to help and push and develop some kid’s careers, and if we can help them bypass some of our pitfalls and mistakes along the way, isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing? Having Joey back around the rink and the fans and our players will be special.”