This past weekend the NHL scouting world lost a good friend as Lou Jankowski passed away at the age of 78.
Jankowski started his scouting career with the St. Louis Blues in the early 70's. He also found future stars for NHL Central Scouting, the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers.
Jankowski was born in Regina but moved east as a teenager and wore the crest of the Oshawa Generals. His final season he scored 65 goals and notched 124 points. It earned him a tryout with the Detroit Red Wings where he spent some time on a line with Gordie Howe. Jankowski also played with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Lou was reportedly at the Tampa Bay Lighting game on Saturday before passing away early Sunday morning. He was well known at the games in Tampa and all the scouts I talked to in the last few days had nothing but great things to say about him.
I didn't know Lou, but I do know his son Ryan - who is the New York Islanders Assistant G.M. - and if father is like son then Lou must have been a pretty special person. The Pipeline Show sends our condolences to the Jankowski family.