By Kirk Luedeke
The Sporting News’ Craig Custance tweeted Thursday that the Boston Bruins are in the process of hiring Keith Gretzky to the team’s scouting staff.
A source close to the situation confirmed to New England Hockey Journal that a possible hiring is in the works but not officially done yet. What position Gretzky would hold with the B’s is unclear, though his extensive amateur scouting background is an indicator.
Gretzky, 44, is the younger brother of Wayne Gretzky and was a third-round selection (56th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft after a 93-point season with OHL’s Windsor Compuware Spitfires. Gretzky never made it to the NHL, playing six professional seasons split between the AHL, IHL and ECHL in North America. He also saw time playing pro hockey in Finland and the United Kingdom.
Gretzky spent five seasons as a head coach for the Bakersfield Fog (WCHL) and the Asheville (N.C.) Smoke of the UHL from 1995-00 before switching over to scouting. He was also the GM of the Smoke and coached younger brother, Brent, from 1998-00.
In 2001, he joined the Phoenix Coyotes as an amateur scout and was named the team’s amateur scouting director in 2006, where he presided over top picks Kyle Turris (’07), Mikkel Boedker (’08), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (’09), Brandon Gormley (’10) and Connor Murphy (’11).