Dan MacKinnon is in his fifth season as director of player personnel.
MacKinnon, 39, oversees the Penguins’ professional and amateur scouting operations in North America and Europe. He works closely with the Penguins’ directors of professional and amateur scouting to ensure that the organization maintains its strategic and comprehensive focus in player scouting, evaluation and acquisition at all levels. MacKinnon also advises GM Ray Shero on all Penguins’ professional and amateur transactions.
Prior to his current role, MacKinnon served two seasons as director of professional scouting for the Penguins. It is his eighth season with the organization as he spent 2006-07 as a professional scout.
MacKinnon previously worked six seasons with Shero in Nashville, four as a professional scout and two as scouting coordinator.
MacKinnon played junior and college hockey in Canada, graduating as an Academic All-Canadian from the University of Waterloo in 1998. He published his senior thesis on the development of International Hockey in Canada in the Sport History Review. He subsequently received a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University, while serving as the team’s assistant hockey coach.
MacKinnon worked briefly for the American Hockey League Office and the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League before joining the Predators in 2000.
Dan and his wife, Julie, have two children. They reside in Plymouth, MI.