The San Jose Sharks have gone outside traditional hockey circles for the latest addition to their scouting department.
The club announced Friday that it is hiring former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti as a professional scout who will focus primarily on the AHL and NHL levels.
“Ned has an extensive background working in professional sports and talent evaluation and he will bring a fresh perspective to our organization’s evaluation process,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson in a press release.
“This was a unique opportunity to add someone of Ned’s experience to our staff.”
Colletti, who hails from Chicago, religiously attended Chicago Blackhawks games in his youth.
The 65-year-old has worked in Major League Baseball for nearly 40 years, leading the Dodgers to five post-seasons appearances (three in the NLCS) during his nine-year run as the club’s GM.
The almost decade-long span equaled the best in the history of the franchise, with no National League GM winning as many games during the time Colletti was at the helm in Los Angeles.