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Kraken scout show his busy life on the road

Published May 5, 2024 at 9:18 PM

For many who love the game of hockey, the dream to work for an NHL organization from management to ticket seller can be a dream job for some. One job which many do not the commitment is a scout. This amateur scout shows his busy life while on the road.

Mike Dawson, has been running the roads for the Kraken where he spends lots of time in his car driving from one arena to another watching draft picks that were selected and could be other potential picks in the future.

"The first move is whether I'm flying somewhere or driving," says Mike Dawson, Kraken amateur scout who lives in Kingston, ON, about his typical week during the hockey season. "If I'm staying in the OHL [Ontario Hockey League] or the province of Quebec [to watch Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play] I'm typically driving.

"If that's the case, I usually hit the road Wednesday and get home late Sunday night. The juniors season has the odd Tuesday or Wednesday game but action pumps up Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday [when he looks to scout at least one game per day]."

The commitment is outstanding as these scouts. Dawson also explains how many air miles and mileage to his car will go on per year.

It all adds up. Dawson says his air miles each year range between 50,000 to 100,000 plus supplemental miles with other airlines when traveling to Europe or the occasional U.S.-based flights. He says his odometer reading for a season is "about 60,000 kilometers" or roughly 37,000 miles.

The average salary for an amateur scout is roughly $40,000 per year.

As the Kraken grow and become a force in the West, their scouting depth will continue.
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