Hurricanes add Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk to scouting staff

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Networkdy

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes added Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk to its staff as a pro scout and advisor, the team announced Wednesday.

“Joe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization,” executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said.

“He will be based in Dallas, and will be a major asset to the Hurricanes in player evaluations.”

Nieuwendyk, 47, served as the general manager for the Dallas Stars from 2009-2013.

Prior to joining the Stars, Nieuwendyk served in advisory roles for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers, and served as assistant general manager for Canada’s silver-medal-winning team at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

As a player, Nieuwendyk won the Stanley Cup with three different NHL teams in three different decades, capturing championships with the Calgary Flames in 1989, Dallas in 1999 and the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

The Whitby, Ontario native played in 1,257 career NHL games, scoring 564 career goals, along with 562 assists (1,126 points), and was a four-time NHL All-Star.

He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year after netting 51 goals in 1987-88, and was presented with the King Clancy Trophy for his humanitarian and leadership contributions in 1995.

Nieuwendyk appeared in 158 career Stanley Cup playoff games, totaling 116 points (66g, 50a) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.