Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa 67’s have announced a pair of promotions in their hockey operations department, with Joel Washkurak promoted to the role of Manager of Player Development and Noah Chaikof taking on the title of Manager of Hockey Analytics. They also announced the addition of Northern Ontario scout Jamie Henderson to their scouting staff.
An OHL graduate, Washkurak has spent the past four seasons as a member of the 67’s scouting staff.
“Joel has been an integral part of our scouting staff during his time with the 67’s,” said general manager James Boyd, “He will be an enhanced benefit to our organization with additional responsibilities monitoring the OHL, and the development of our young prospects.”
As a player, Washkurak was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs in the sixth round of the 1989 OHL Priority Selection before appearing in two seasons with the Frontenacs. From there, Washkurak continued his involvement in the Ontario Hockey League, becoming a member of the OHL’s officiating team for 17 seasons, up to and including the 2011-2012 campaign.
His son, Keean Washkurak, has starred for the Mississauga Steelheads for the past four seasons, and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues.
The advent of analytics has created new ways of thinking when it comes to hockey, and the 67’s have made a key hire to that end.
General Manager James Boyd announced that Noah Chaikof will give the 67’s even more valuable methods of evaluating players thanks to his understanding of analytics and data analysis.
“Noah has worked closely with our hockey ops department over the last number of 67’s seasons, providing valuable insight through the interpretation of analytics,” said Boyd. “Our organization is excited to expand Noah’s responsibilities supporting our coaching staff and scouting departments.”
Chaikof, who graduated the Ivey School of Business at Western in the top five percent of his class and earned an Ivey Scholar designation, has provided volunteer services to the 67’s, as well as to the NHL in previous seasons.
Lastly, the Barber Poles announced the addition of Sault Ste. Marie-based scout Jamie Henderson who will observe the Northern Ontario region this coming season.
“Utilizing his coaching experience and resources, Jamie has proven to be a great source of information on players,” said general manager James Boyd, “We are excited to formally add Jamie to our scouting staff, so he can continue to help us identify, and support our players and draft picks in Northern Ontario.”
Henderson has long been active in his hometown hockey community. He most recently served as general manager of the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL), and has also worked as a head coach in the Soo’s midget program since 2017. Prior to that, Henderson was director of hockey operations at Lake Superior State University (NCAA), and was previously an assistant coach at St. Mary’s College (CAHS).
Henderson’s substantial experience within hockey in Ontario’s northern region will be a crucial asset to the 67’s scouting and player development efforts.
The Barber Poles return to preseason action on Saturday, September 18, for a 7:00pm EDT puckdrop with the Kingston Frontenacs, at the Leon’s Centre. It’s also the same place that they’ll open the 2021-2022 regular season, on October 8, before returning to the Arena at TD Place to take on the same Frontenacs on October 10.