The Las Vegas team might not have any players on their roster, but they’re filling out their front office nicely. On Monday, the team announced that they’ve hired Misha Donskov to be their director of hockey operations.
The 39-year-old has a wealth of experience at the international scene, the NHL and the junior ranks. Prior to joining the Vegas team, he was working with Hockey Canada’s Men’s National Teams.
Donskov has helped Team Canada win gold medals at the 2015 and 2016 World Hockey Championships. He was also part of the staff that led Canada to 2015 World Junior gold on home ice in Toronto.
Donskov was also known as one of the advanced stats guys at Hockey Canada.
“Analytics, for us, is another piece of the puzzle,” Donskov told the Canadian Press last April when he was still with Hockey Canada. “It’s additional information for us, an additional resource for us to present to our manages and to our coaches and ultimately to help us develop players and win hockey games.”
His NHL experience consists of working in hockey, community, fan and marketing development for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers for eight years.