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For over 40 years hockey arenas and the players in them, from the minor leagues to the professional ranks, have benefited from the dedication and sportsmanship of Louie Passador. Louie learned the qualities that were needed to produce a successful hockey player while serving behind the bench as a coach for the Fort William Hurricanes Midget and Junior teams during the 1940s and 50s. While with the Hurricanes, Louie served as the local scout for the Detroit Red Wings and was instrumental in Jack Adams signing of Alex Delvecchio.

Obviously having an eye to spot talent, Louie was soon signed on to the scouting staff of the Montreal Canadians. Serving as chief scout for all but three of his 11 years with the Habs from 1952-63, the team won five Stanley Cups. Personally scouting the regions of Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes, he recruited players for the club.

Moving onto the New York Rangers, Louie served as their Chief Scout from 1963-76. During that 13 year period the Rangers went from last place to being a contender year-after-year having recruited the likes of Brad Park and Walt Tkaczuk. During that time clubs affiliated with the Rangers claimed AHL and CHL championship titles. Making his way to the St. Louis Blues, Louie served as that team’s Chief Scout for 6 years. In 1983 he joined Jim Gregory's 10-man NHL Central Scouting Service staff where he remained for five years.

Retiring in 1987 at the age of 65, after three decades of scouting experience, Louie was honoured by the scouting fraternity for his friendship and dedication to hockey. He was also asked to remain as an honourary consultant available for special assignments for another three years.

All throughout his hockey life, Louie truly dedicated himself to the game, exhibiting integrity and honour in everything that he did. As a result he remains held in high regard by the many players and managers whose lives he has touched throughout the past six decades.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 28, 1996

Louie Passador

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