The Victoria Royals have hired former Kamloops Blazers’ general manager Stu MacGregor to be their western senior regional scout.
Gary Pochipinski is the team’s eastern regional scout, Ed Fowler is director of player personnel and Cameron Hope is president and general manager.
MacGregor, who said he is thrilled with the opportunity to work for the Royals, was asked about the emotions that come along with seeing his former team, the Blazers he helped build, perhaps primed for a good season.
“There is certainly some emotion,” said MacGregor, whose new gig will not force him to move away from Kamloops. “I felt we were invested in those players, with meeting them, speaking with the players and the families and recruiting them to play in Kamloops.
“Pleased they are going to be players who will make a difference for the organization, so there is some pride and excitement, for sure. Proud that we were able to contribute.”
MacGregor and former director of player personnel Matt Recchi did not escape sweeping changes made by Blazers’ majority owner Tom Gaglardi following the 2017-2018 season.