Former Czech defenseman Vojtech Kucera has worked as a scout for the Washington Capitals for the last 17 seasons.
Now, though, he’ll head out west.
It was confirmed on Tuesday morning, via official press release, that the newly-formed Las Vegas expansion NHL franchise has hired Kucera as the team’s new Director of European Scouting. He’ll rejoin former Capitals general manager George McPhee, who has been bringing a number of former Capitals employees on board in Las Vegas for the last few weeks since getting hired.
Per the release, Kucera – a former Czech skater from the mid-1980’s – holds two North American collegiate degrees and one from the Libensky Zemecek School back in the Czech Republic. He is a graduate of Saint Thomas University (where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education and social sciences) and the University of Toronto (where he earned a Masters of Arts in social sciences), and owns a rink back in the Czech Republic.
The Capitals have seen a number of strong players come from Europe while Kucera has been a scout with the club. Alexander Ovechkin is obviously the most notable of all the European draftees in the Capitals system, but players like Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Dmitry Orlov, Johnny Oduya, Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth, and Alexander Semin were all drafted while he was with the club as well. For Las Vegas, this should hopefully help the franchise as it looks to build a strong organization from the ground up.