“It’s like when I go watch a hockey player, it’s yes or no. When I first met Jonathan this was a no-brainer.” - Marty Abrams, head coach/GM of Jr. A’s Wellington Dukes.
Marty Abrams gets a lot of emails and resumes from people trying to break into the hockey business via scouting. The coach/GM of Jr. A’s Wellington Dukes can’t hire or interview everyone, of course, but one inquiry he received from a 16-year-old three years ago stood out from the rest.
“This was different than the other emails I get, the other references, the other resumes,” he said. “I knew right away it was different so I reached out to him.”
Meet Jonathan Kyriacou, an 18-year-old Pickering native who is entering his third season as a scout for the Dukes. He realized, earlier than most would want to, that he didn’t have a future in hockey as a player, but he wanted to somehow stay involved in the game.
At 13 and 14 years old, his bantam years, Kyriacou began plotting a new course into another corner of the hockey world. He wanted to get into scouting, or managing, or as an agent and began planting the seeds that would give him the option to explore all kinds of avenues.
“When I was 14 I ended up getting an intern position with an agent here in Toronto, Pulver Sports. Ian Pulver,” Kyriacou said. “The year after, when I was 15, I ended up getting involved with another agent/family advisor that was just starting up in Toronto so that gave me my first scouting job. When I was 16, I decided I wanted to work more on the team side of things so I ended up exploring different options in terms of getting on with a team and found a job with the Wellington Dukes. And the year after that I got a job in the OHL.” Read more