The Las Vegas expansion franchise has been announcing more and more new hires as the month of August progresses – and now, that includes Scott Luce, who was announced as Director of Amateur Scouting on Thursday afternoon.
A long-time member of the Florida Panthers staff, Luce will join another former Panthers scout (Erin Ginnell) in Las Vegas’ talent scouting department with this hiring. Both Luce and Ginnell are heading to the newly-created Nevada club from the Atlantic Division champions after spending 14 seasons apiece with Florida, where Ginnell most recently served as the Director of Amateur Scouting and Luce was most recently the director of player personnel.
Prior to being appointed in his most recent role, Las Vegas’ newest director also served as Director of Scouting (with no professional or amateur distinction) from 2010-2015, and as Director of Amateur Scouting from 2002-2010.
A native of Williamsville, New York, the 47-year-old Luce played as a goaltender in the mid-1980’s and early 1990’s, making appearances in the OHL, NCAA, CIAU, AHL, and ECHL. He hung up his skates in 1991 after a year split between the Rochester Americans, Hampton Roads Admirals, and Cincinnati Cyclones, moving into scouting just a few years later. In addition to his work with the Panthers over the last 14 years, the former netminder worked in scouting for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1999-2002, and started his scouting career in 1998 with the Ottawa Senators.
The Las Vegas club is set to begin skating during the 2017-18 NHL season.