The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of long-time scout and OHL builder Mr. Frank Jay who passed away this week at the age of 67.
Born and raised in Oshawa, Ont., Jay got his scouting start with the OHA’s St. Catharines Black Hawks in 1973, winning an OHL Championship in his first season with the club before moving into a role with his hometown Oshawa Generals in 1976. During his time in Oshawa, Jay was instrumental as the club’s Director of Scouting, assisting in the assembly of three OHL Championship rosters (1983, 1987, 1990) while additionally serving as general manager of the 1990 Mastercard Memorial Cup Championship team.
After a brief stint in the NHL, Jay returned to the OHL with a newly established Erie Otters franchise from 1996-99, working alongside GM Sherry Bassin as the club’s Director of Scouting where he helped identify talent in early franchise cornerstones Tim Connolly and Brad Boyes.
In addition to his work in the OHL, Jay’s resume was headlined by a 32-year tenure in the National Hockey League in various amateur scouting roles with the New Jersey Devils (11 seasons), Quebec Nordiques (1 season), New York Islanders (1 season) Ottawa Senators (8 seasons), Montreal Canadiens (9 seasons) and most recently, the Edmonton Oilers (2 seasons).
Jay operated in a prominent role as Director of Amateur Scouting in Ottawa from 1999-2007, helping direct the Senators to an Eastern Conference title in his final season. He also served as Director of Amateur Scouting in Montreal from 2013-16.
A lover of the game both on and off the ice, Jay was a goaltender on Oshawa’s 1967 All-Ontario Midget AAA championship team and was recognized for his tremendous contributions to the game of hockey when he was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
For more on Frank Jay’s contributions to the Ontario Hockey League and the sport at large, visit oshawasportshalloffame.com.