Baker back as Flyer scout

The Thunder Bay Flyers yesterday announced local scout Shane Baker will be part of their full-time staff for the upcoming season.
Baker, who will be responsible for players in the Northwestern Ontario region, joins Mark Pugliese (Thunder Bay), Rod McKenzie (Terrace Bay), Dwight Degiacomo (Minneapolis), Alan Young (Winnipeg), and Scott Urry (Toronto) as the six-man team responsible for scouting for the USHL team on a year-round basis.
Each scout will cover their respective areas and report back periodically to new Flyer head coach Gary Wenzel and assistant Vern Ray.
Baker also was as a scout for the Flyers last season.
“Almost every junior team going has one form of scouting staff or another,” said Wenzel. “It is vital that we have people out there who see plenty of games, have an eye for talent, and can recommend players for us.”
“For us to keep pace with the rest of the league, we need to build a scouting network that can identify certain players for us while we are busy with the team at home and on the road,” he added.
“[Now] we have six quality hockey people in place to do just that,” he continued. “Along with other contacts we make during the course of the season, we hope to increase our talent pool from which to draw from.”
Aaron Grynol, who starred with the Muskies last season, is one of six players already signed by the Flyers for next season.
Ryan Armstrong, Frank Redford, Chuck Arpin Jr., Jon Lloyd, Dale Jerry, and Chris Kellar are other Muskies who have been invited to one of the team’s rookie camps in Keewatin on Aug. 7-8.