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Scouting Staff
BRIAN BATES, Amateur Scout
Brian Bates

Brian Bates has been a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets scouting staff since the inaugural 2000-01 season. He joined the club as a regional scout and has served as a full-time amateur scout since 2005. Bringing nearly 30 years of experience to the organization, he scouts players at the high school, junior and college ranks in the United States and Canada.

Bates grew up in Dryden, Ontario and played hockey at Bemidji State College before an injury ended his career. He then served in a variety of scouting and player evaluation capacities at various levels of hockey. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Jo Anne, and son, Chris.