Sarnia’s Doran back in the NHL

Barry Wright

A former general manager of the Sarnia Sting has a new job in the National Hockey League.

Terry Doran is now a full-time scout with the Calgary Flames.

He replaces Tom Webster who announced his retirement from the game at the NHL entry draft.

Doran, who had previously NHL scouting experience with the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes, will be responsible for the Ontario Hockey League, college hockey in Michigan and Ohio and the U.S. National Under-18 hockey team based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A member of the Windsor Spitfires staff the past nine seasons as assistant general manager and head scout, Doran will look at potential pro players through a different lens then he did scrutinizing minor midgets.

“It’s a big difference, looking at them as to what kind of impact they can have at the OHL level. and what kind of impact they can have as National Hockey League players,” said Doran.

Skating, size, hockey sense and the willingness to compete are some variables he’ll look for in countless players in dozens of rinks before next spring.  He also likes to see the impact players can have on a game beyond simply putting points on the board.

“Guys who are willing to sacrifice their bodies for the betterment of the team, guys who are willing to stand up for their teammates, and guys who are just smart, solid two-way hockey players,” he said.

Doran, 51, who was with the Sting in the mid-‘90s and again from 2000-04, will be watching several members of Trevor Letowski’s squad this season and next.

In particular, he mentioned Pavel Zacha, Jacob Chychrun, Nikita Korostelev, Noah Bushnell and Jordan Kyrou.

“They’re going to get a lot of attention over the next year or two,” he said.