Additionally, Brad Thiessen replaced Jim Corsi as goaltender development coach and Nelson Ayotte retired from his role as director of high performance. Josef Boumedienne has also been promoted to Director of Professional Scouting.
“We are always looking to strengthen our hockey operations group and that is precisely what these measures are doing, particularly in the area of player development,” said Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. “In Rick, Derek, Mark and Brad, we have four former players with a combined experience of 34 years in the NHL and 17 in the AHL, in addition to having played at the major junior and at the collegiate, so they will be able to share a wealth. knowledge and experience with prospects across our organization. They are also passionate about the Blue Jackets, our city and what we are building here.
The team said Nash, 37, will oversee the club’s development coaches, oversee the progress of prospects across the organization and provide management feedback on player advancement. He has spent the last two years with the Blue Jackets as Special Assistant to the General Manager after a 15-year decorated playing career.
Dorsett and Letestu both spent time with the Blue Jackets during their NHL careers.