Richard Pracey enters his 13th season with the Colorado Avalanche and his fifth as the franchise’s Director of Amateur Scouting. He is responsible for preparing the organization for each year’s NHL Draft, making amateur free-agency decisions and assisting in Avalanche player-development efforts and organizational player-personnel decisions.
Pracey first joined Colorado for the 2001-02 season and was an amateur scout for the Avs until 2009, when he was promoted to his current role and has since helped the Avalanche draft Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly, Tyson Barrie, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Brantford, Ontario, Pracey has earned three bachelor’s degrees, with two (Psychology and Physical Education) coming from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and the other (Education) coming from University of Windsor (Ontario).
He was a goalie for three seasons at Wilfrid Laurier and for two seasons at Windsor.
After playing one year of major junior hockey with Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), Pracey spent time playing with the Brantford Smoke (UHL), the Saint John Flames (AHL) and with the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks (non-playing) before beginning his current career tract.
From 1998 to 2001, Pracey was an assistant coach and goalie coach for the Windsor Spitfires (OHL), and then he was an amateur and professional scout for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild during the 2000-01 season.
Pracey married his wife, Michelle, in 2001, and the couple has one son, Jackson (5).