The NHL has its first female pro scout. What does this mean for the Colorado Avalanche and the league?
First off, it is about time the National Hockey League has a female pro scout, sadly not for the Colorado Avalanche. Secondly congratulations to Cammi Granato who is the one that broke the barrier and is honored with this title.
Currently the Colorado Avalanche has the same scouting staff as every team within the National Hockey League franchise. All made up of a team of males. The Colorado Avalanche has a 10-man team for pro scouting.
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I think it will be refreshing to have a female’s perspective for NHL scouting. However, we can’t let ourselves get too caught up in politics with gender. More than fifty percent of the franchise’s vice presidents are female. Plus this wasn’t a move made to stand out and have gender be the forefront.
Cammi Granato is wonderfully talented and has accomplished an extensive amount during her career on the ice. It would be discrediting to assume the NHL made a political call versus one of reasonable decent.
Granato was the captain of the USA Olympics ice hockey team in 1998- they won the gold medal! She was also inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame , United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Hockey Hall of fame. There is no denying her skill and knowledge of the game.
Granato’s responsibility is to scout players in the western conference. She was specifically hired by Seattle, who will have a pro ice hockey expansion team for the 2021-2022 season of the NHL. As one of their scouts, Granato will be analyzing and projecting performance of players prior to this expansion draft,
Although this is not a move based on gender, this will open up the door for more opportunities as a female interested in sports. Previously women were not considered for this position, hence there not being a female pro scout prior to now.
Granato has a job to do, one that consists of finding the best hockey players, the ones that understand the game and have potential to be a part of a great team. By her doing her job well for the NHL, she will also open up more opportunities for women. She is now a role model for a whole other reason than previously.
The Colorado Avalanche should take note and observe what a female perspective can bring to the table. After all, studies have shown that a team of diversity increases productivity, innovation, and has positive outcomes overall.
This also opens up more doors for the Colorado Avalanche. When seeking to hire a pro scout, the Colorado Avalanche can now look into a larger talent pool. They have more options, more opportunity to have an even better team.
We know the Colorado Avalanche are already the best team, but there is always room to improve and it could start here. Watch out fans because the NHL is about to get even more exciting! LETS GO AVS!