Petes hire Oke full-time, 9 scouts

MIKE DAVIES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:25 PM ET

PETERBOROUGH — The Peterborough Petes have created a new role of director of player personnel to be filled by Mike Oke, the OHL club announced on Friday.

Oke joins the Petes on a full-time basis after spending the past three months as the transitional manager of player personnel while the Petes went through a management change.

The Petes also announced seven of their nine scouts with two more to be named shortly. Among the group is former ISS scout Chris McNamara; Ron Ringler, a Petes' alumnus from 1967-68; Guelph native Mike MacPherson; former Petes' video technician Cory Snoddon, who now resides in Ottawa; Peterborough minor hockey coach Sandy Gemmiti; Peterborough native and former NHLer Kerry Huffman and New Jersey based Randy Walker, the lone scout not to resign from the old staff.

It was new GM Dave Reid's idea to create a new position and to hire Oke and it was approved by the board of directors. While Oke's father John is a member of the board, Reid had a pre-existing relationship with Mike Oke and he was someone he felt fit the role he was looking for.

Oke will oversee the scouting staff and monitor development of non-roster players on their protected list.

Reid said he was impressed with the work Oke did to prepare for the May 1 OHL draft in a short time period.

“I've known Mike for a few years,” said Reid. “When I worked for TSN and he worked with ISS he would help me out with a lot of information on under-18 and under-17 tournaments when I'd see him around at different rinks. I knew about his scouting background before I got this job and already had a relationship with him. The combination of everything made it an easy fit.”

Reid thinks player development is crucial not just for the players currently in your lineup.

“This should open up some pretty good communication and understanding of what the players' needs are and how they are progressing,” said Reid.

Oke is excited to join the team full-time.

“It's a great opportunity to work with a team I've kind of watched growing up in Peterborough,” said Oke. “Monitoring the kids they already have and at the same time being a big part of the draft moving forward are two significant parts of the organization. I'm excited Dave had the confidence in me to be able to do the job and do it well. It's a challenge I look forward to.”

Reid helped select Huffman and Gemmiti for the scouting staff, but he says the other connections were made by Oke. Reid is excited to add another alumnus in Ringler and Gemmiti was his assistant coach in the Minor Petes' system. Huffman, who lives in New Jersey, expressed interest in helping and Reid is excited to bring in another local face. Huffman will scout players along the eastern U.S. seaboard.

Prior to his role with the Petes, Oke worked with International Scouting Services (ISS) as chief scout and was promoted to the position of general manager/chief scout in September of 2008. Oke was an assistant coach in charge of video with Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, worked as the director of player personnel and assistant coach with the Oshawa Generals from 2004-2006 and spent four years as assistant coach at Wilfrid Laurier University.

For four years Oke was head coach/manager with the Trenton Sting of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, winning the OPJHL Eastern Conference Championship in 1998. He is also a graduate of the Sports Administration program at Durham College.

mikedavies@peterboroughexaminer.com


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