Quinn pal Trapp shown door

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

The Maple Leafs have dumped amateur scouting director Barry Trapp, a key hiring of former GM/coach Pat Quinn.

"I'm totally disappointed that my contract won't be renewed ," Trapp said last night from his home in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask. "Disappointed, because I thought our staff had done a good job (since he was hired in April 2002). I have no idea why I was let go."

Trapp followed Quinn out the door after Ferguson fired the latter in mid-April. Trapp was told he was gone on Sunday, a few days before Leafs scouts gathered in Toronto for the National Hockey League junior prospect combine.

"I was hopeful I would be kept on, but I was a Quinn hire," Trapp said. "You hope (personal) things like that don't enter into it, but that's the way it can go in this business. John obviously wants his own people in there."

Trapp, 64, arrived here a few weeks before the Leafs picked Alex Steen 24th overall in the first round in '02. But the club made unsuccessful trades involving first rounders trying to win a Stanley Cup and was without a No. 1 until goaltender Tuukaa Rask at 21st last year. This year they are 13th overall.

"First, I'm proud of the players I worked with who came up and helped this year (such as defenceman Ian White)," he said. "I'm proud that Justin Pogge is the top goaltender in the Canadian Hockey League and that (forward) Robbie Earl was MVP in the NCAA's Frozen Four.

"It was a thrill and an honour to be associated with a strong organization."

Trapp, who worked with the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau for 10 years prior to the Leafs and coached in the Western Hockey League before that, has no immediate plans to take another job.


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