After winning the Stanley Cup with Lightning, Halifax’s Plandowski gets a new job


Darryl Plandowski of Halifax didn’t have long to celebrate after the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars for the Stanley Cup earlier this week.Scouting for the Lightning for 12 years, he joined the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday as director of amateur scouting.

“It’s been a little stressful week but it’s pretty exciting to finally win the Cup and now I’ve decided to take a big step and start over,” he said.

Plandowski spent his final year with the Lightning as assistant director of amateur screening. He also worked as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabers.

Darryl Plandowski, left, is pictured with his family. From left to right, his son Marshall, his wife Jill, his sons Oscar and Jack, and the family dog, Tucker. (Jill Milne-Plandowski)

“Sometimes you go away probably 25 days a month flying and driving everywhere,” Plandowski said. “But I’ve been lucky the last few years because there are players here that we have watched with teams from the Maritimes. ”

The Lightning has been among the top teams in the NHL for several seasons, which is testament to the good work their scouts do.

Darryl Plandowski of Halifax has been named director of amateur scouting for the Arizona Coyotes. (Getty Images)

Although Plandowski looks forward to the day he receives his Stanley Cup ring, he hopes to start laying the groundwork soon to make the Coyotes contenders. He looks forward to working with Arizona General Manager Bill Armstrong, someone he has known for years.

“A team can get stuck in the mud and then the right player comes in and you can take off,” Plandowski said. “You just don’t want to be one of those organizations that have been stuck for a long time. ”

Plandowski and his wife, Jill, a power skating coach, have three sons who are all hockey players.

Marshall played part of last season with the East Hants Penguins Junior B team, Oscar is a second-year defenseman with the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and their youngest son, Jack , participates in the select program at Bishop Kearney School near Rochester, NY

Darryl Plandowski grew up in Lloydminster, Alta., And played American college hockey at Northern Michigan University.


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