Windsor native Frankie Evola has landed a full-time job with his hometown Ontario Hockey League team as its director of scouting, HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed.
The 44-year old Evola joins the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires after two years as head scout with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals.
Evola will oversee the Spitfires scouting department and assist general manager Warren Rychel with all player transactions.
“Frankie has a wealth of experience and a real eye for spotting young talent and building winning teams,” Rychel noted. “Frankie has a strong work ethic from his family background. Having grown up (in Windsor) he’s invested in the community. He’s a great fit for us moving forward.
“It’s a great addition for us,” Rychel added. “We wanted to acquire a full-time guy. Our scouting staff is strong as it is and acquiring Frankie only makes us stronger.”
While scouting for Oshawa during the 2016-2017 season, Evola also served as an assistant coach under Beau Moyer with the minor midget Vaughan Kings of the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
Moyer, who recently left Vaughan to take over as head coach of the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, had plenty good to say about Evola.
“Frank judges and develops talent better than anyone and will outwork anyone as well,” Moyer told HockeyNewsNorth.com.
In taking the lead as the Spitfires head scout, Evola replaces Brian Teakle, who will remain on as a regional scout. Teakle is not in a position to work for the Spitfires full-time.
“I’ll still be doing minor midget scouting, but also scouting the OHL and evaluating players for trade and looking for free agents in the junior ranks,” Teakle relayed via Postmedia.