Posted 326 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm Director of Player Personnel and New England scout Vincent Montalbano has joined the Vancouver Canucks as an amateur scout. Montalbano will stay in his current role with the Storm staff. He has been a member of the organization since the start of the 2014-15 season.
““I’m really excited to join the Canucks as a full-time scout,” Montalbano said. “They are a great organization with an outstanding tradition and I’m looking forward to getting started.” ”
“Vinnie has a great eye for talent and most importantly brings accountability to all guys at the draft table,” said Steve Lowe, President of Hockey Operations. “He’s very sure in his opinions and an unbelievable family man. I couldn’t be happier for an honest, hard-working man.”
Lowe added that Montalbano was instrumental in drafting forward Monte Graham and trading for defenseman John Marino, both key contributors to the Storm’s 2016 Clark Cup championship team. “He knew the families and helped bring them to Kearney,” Lowe explained.
On this season’s team, Lowe said Montalbano helped bring forward Joey Cipollone and goalie Joe Sharib into the fold.
Montalbano worked with the St. Louis Blues as an amateur scout from 2010-17. Since 2014, he has been the General Manager of the Connecticut Jr. Rangers of the USPHL and previously served as the team’s coach. Montalbano has also worked with the U.S. National Team Development Program and the U.S. Director of Central Scouting for the QMJHL.
The Storm plays its first home game of 2017-18 against the Omaha Lancers on Friday, Oct. 13. Tri-City will announce its promotional schedule and release single-game tickets at a later date. Season tickets are on sale for 2017-18 by calling 308-338-8144 or visiting http://www.stormhockey.com/Tickets/Season-Tickets.