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Bulldog Insider Podcast: The life of an NHL scout with former UMD captain Parker Mackay

Former Minnesota Duluth captain Parker Mackay led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2018 and 2019, being named the tournament's most outstanding player in 2019. Now he's part of a growing group of recent UMD graduates from both the men's and women's programs working as scouts in the NHL.

Minnesota Duluth senior captain Parker Mackay speaks during the team's 2019 NCAA championship victory celebration at Romano Gym Tuesday evening on the UMD campus. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com.
Minnesota Duluth senior captain Parker Mackay speaks during the team's 2019 national championship celebration at Romano Gym on the UMD campus.
Tyler Schank / File / News Tribune

After retiring from professional hockey early in his career due to injuries, former Minnesota Duluth captain Parker Mackay was looking to get into coaching. He even landed a job in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before getting a call asking if he'd be interesting in scouting for an NHL team.

Now Mackay — who led the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championships in 2018 and 2019 — is in his second season as an amateur and college scout for the Boston Bruins, covering Western Canada and the United States. He's part of a growing group of recent UMD graduates from both the men's and women's programs who have joined the NHL scouting ranks along with Brigette Lacquette and Sidney Morin. Both are pro scouts with Lacquette working for the Chicago Blackhawks and Morin with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Mackay joins this week's episode of Bulldog Insider to share how he got into scouting for an NHL team and what life is like on the road for a young scout like him.

Bulldog Insider is co-hosted by Duluth News Tribune sports reporter Matt Wellens and My9 television voice of Bulldog hockey Zach Schneider. Episodes are edited and produced by Duluth News Tribune digital producers Wyatt Buckner and Dan Williamson. You can find more Bulldog hockey coverage at duluthnewstribune.com and more episodes of Bulldog Insider wherever you listen to podcasts. New episodes air every Thursday.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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