longtime Saginaw Spirit assistant John Kisil hired by Toronto Maple Leafs
Kisil joins former Spirit GM Jim Paliafito, who is Toronto's director of player development, on the Maple Leafs scouting staff.....
Great Lakes Loons,
By: Jason Marcoux
28th July, 2017
Saginaw Spirit GM Dave Drinkill announced today that longtime assistant coach John Kisil has accepted an NHL scouting position with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“The organization could not be happier to see John Kisil receive an opportunity like this,” Drinkill said. “We thank John for his hard work and dedication to the organization over the last 10 years and wish him the best of luck in his career advancement.”
Kisil, who has also been the assistant GM since the 2015 season, has been with the Spirit since the 2007-08 season and his 10 years with the team is the longest tenure of any coach in the organization's history.
He will join former Spirit GM Jim Paliafito, who is currently Toronto's director of player development, on the Maple Leafs scouting staff.
The Canton, MI native joined the Spirit after 10 years coaching Minor Midget hockey with Detroit Compuware and Honeybaked, following a four year NCAA division I playing career at Michigan Tech University.
With the recent sudden departure of former head coach Spencer Carbery, who abruptly left the team just 30 days prior to the start of training camp to take an assistant coaching job in the AHL, Saginaw assistant Chris Lazary is now the only remaining member of the 2016-17 Spirit coaching staff.
The team is currently looking to fill the head coaching position, as well as replacing Kisil.