Where in the World is Ron Delorme?
While it may only look like it all unfolds at the draft table, scouting is a year-round process.
Ron Delorme started with the Canucks on the right wing in 1981, but just four years later a knee injury forced him into retirement. It kept Delorme off the ice, but couldn’t take him away from the game. Whether skating with the Canucks in the 1982 run to the Cup, or scouting out future stars to help the Canucks to a new run for the Cup, Delorme has been a part of the Vancouver franchise since 1981.
Delorme and his staff of 10 full-time and five part-time Amateur Scouts spend an average of 150 nights on the road each year. For Delorme and his 20 years of scouting experience, that’s 3000 nights of living out of a suitcase, eating takeout, waiting in airports, driving rentals and sleeping in hotel rooms. It’s not glamorous, but scouted gems like Alex Edler make it all worth it.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Top Canucks drafted late
Kevin Bieksa picked up 151st overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Scored 52 points (13-39-52) through 132 games played. Had 25 hits in 12 games with the Canucks prior to injury. Second on team in hits last year with 109 hits in 81 games.
Alex Edler selected 91st overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Leads the Canucks, all NHL rookies and sits 11th overall in the League (as of 1.21.08) with a +17. Logs an average 19:59 TOI per game. Played in All-Rookie NHL All-Star game January 26.08.
Mason Raymond selected 51st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry draft. Tied for ninth on the team in scoring with 11 points (4-7-11) through 25 games played. Selected as the third star January 19.08. A +5 in his NHL career has him ninth overall in rookies. Tied for 20th in goals for a rookie.
Former Canucks drafted late
Matt Cooke chosen 144th overall in 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Leads Canucks in hits with 108 on the year (nearly double the next runner-up). Led all Canucks hitters last season by a 100 hit margin (209 hits in 81 GP).
Brent Sopel selected 144th overall in 1995 NHL Entry draft. Collected 193 points (40-153-193) through 471 games played.
Peter Schaefer selected 66th overall in 1995 NHL Entry draft. Played in 537 games, collecting 96-157-253 points.
AT A GLANCE (Nov. 23 – Jan. 6)
Amateur scouts saw 30+ games (some days they were in tournaments watching multiple games) in 45 nights.
Visited 31 (not counting the cities in Prague/Switzerland) cities and four countries in 45 nights.
Waited to check in baggage (traveled by airplane) six times.
Traveled just over 27,000 kilometres averaging 600 each day. The amateur scouting staff logged over 250,000 kilometres over the 45 nights (taking into account that a few are part-timers).
NIGHTS ON THE ROAD
STAFF & HOMEBASE
Ron Delorme (Chief Amateur Scout) - Vancouver
Sergei Chibisov - Russia
Barry Dean - Saskatchewan
Thomas Gradin - Sweden/Canada
Harkie Singh - Ontario
Ray Payne - Ontario
Jim Eagle - Cranbrook
Frank Kollar - Minnesota
Mario Marois - Quebec
Harold Snepsts - Vancouver
Tim Lenardon - Kelowna
Brian Chapman - Boston
Yvon P Vautour - New Brunswick
Rich Rothermel - Victoria
Branislav Pulis - Slovakia
Jonathan Wall (Manager, Scouting & Player Information) - Vancouver
All over the U.S. and Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzer-land, Germany, Latvia, Denmark, Ukraine, Poland, Slovenia, Austria, France and Belarus.
AIR CANADA MILES
Ron is in the super elite club meaning he’s traveled over 100,000 miles or completed 95 air segments with that airline alone. He has easily traveled 130,000 miles this past calendar year.
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