Jackets name Basil McRae director of player personnel

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have added some toughness to the front office, naming Basil McRae their director of player personnel.

From the press release:

McRae, who served as a scout for the Blue Jackets in 2013-14 and the St. Louis Blues for five seasons prior, rejoins the organization after spending the past two years as part-owner, alternate governor and general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights. Last season, the Knights captured OHL and Memorial Cup championships.

In addition to nearly two decades of scouting experience, McRae played 16 seasons in the NHL between 1981-96, registering 53 goals and 83 assists for 136 points with 2,453 penalty minutes in 576 games with the Quebec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota North Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks

On this slow day of NHL news, enjoy this old-time hockey montage from the 1987-88 season, featuring McRae (who racked up 378 PIM that season), Dave Semenko, and the late John Brophy…