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Former Blazers' GM joins NHL Flyers as scout

Matt Bardsley will be based in his hometown of Portland and scout Western Hockey League and BC Hockey League players.
Matt Bardsley
Kamloops Blazers' general manager Matt Bardsley shares a smile.

Former Kamloops Blazers’ general manager Matt Bardsley has joined the Philadelphia Flyers as an amateur scout for the NHL club.

Bardsley will be based in his hometown of Portland and scout Western Hockey League and BC Hockey League players.

Bardsley was hired as general manager in Kamloops in 2018 and the team won back-to-back B.C. Division titles in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.

Prior to joining the Blazers, Bardsley spent nearly two decades with the Portland Winterhawks as scout, director of player personnel, director of hockey operations and assistant general manager.

During his time with the Winterhawks, the team won a WHL title, in 2013, and four straight WHL Western Conference championships, from 2011 to 2014.

In May, Bardsley announced his resignation as general manager in Kamloops and stayed on the job until June 30.

The pandemic and its travel restrictions played a part in Bardsley’s decision to leave the Blazers.

Bardsley and his wife, Stacy, have two children — two-year-old Vince and five-year-old Brooke — and family in Oregon and California.

Stacy's parents had not seen their grandkids in nearly two years. Bardsley's parents had not seen the grandchildren in about 18 months.