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SportsPatrick Johnston: Former Canucks' scout Doug Gasper deals with new job, family tragedy

09:50  16 august  2019
09:50  16 august  2019 Source:   theprovince.com

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Patrick Johnston: Former Canucks' scout Doug Gasper deals with new job, family tragedy© Facebook photo Carissa and Troy Gasper, as well as their children Kael, Shea and Maks, died after their SUV was involved in a collision with another vehicle on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Doug Gasper pauses when asked how difficult the past year has been for him.

“Any answer would be an understatement,” the former Vancouver Canucks scout says over the phone. “To lose one son or daughter would be one thing, but to lose a whole family … our family went from eight to three real fast.”

His son Troy, Troy’s wife Carissa and their three kids, Kael, 6,  Shea, 4, and Maks, 2, were killed just over a year ago when their SUV was struck in a head-on collision with another SUV near Rosetown, Sask., the hometown for the entire Gasper clan.

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In a heartbeat Doug and his wife Kelly were no longer grandparents. The pain remains indescribable, he said. Along with their second son, Mark, they’ve managed to make life move forward.

Gasper, a former high school principal, was a year into a stint working for the Canucks, scouting the Western Hockey League. A year later, he’s moved on from the Canucks, with a new job as the assistant general manager for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings.

“It’s back to my roots,” he said. Before joining the Canucks he was the director of scouting for the Moose Jaw Warriors for three years. He worked part-time before that as an area scout for the Warriors for three years, and before that in similar roles for the Prince Albert Raiders and for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Nipawin Hawks.

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Before joining the Warriors he was a Rosetown principal for 18 years.

“It’s really rewarding hearing from kids who I’ve helped along the way,” Gasper said of the connections he’s made as a scout. “I feel those bonds very similar to what you get as a principal.”

In memory of the much-loved Gaspers, friends from around Rosetown banded together over the past year to raise funds, design and build a new splash park in the community, which is 115 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon.

“The splash park is up and running and local young kids and parents now have a place to meet and spend time together in a small town,” Gasper said. “Troy and Carissa were all about spending time with their kids and other families.”

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He called Troy and Carissa’s friends “the driving force” behind the project and also cited the efforts of his son’s employer, Western Sales, a John Deere dealer in Rosetown.

“You grow up in a small town and you think it’s the most boring place in the world and then something like this happens and the support becomes overwhelming,” he said.

Gasper is the fourth amateur scout to leave the Canucks this summer, following Chris MacDonald, Dan Palango and Paul Gallagher, who all left in July. MacDonald joined the Arizona Coyotes as director of European amateur scouting . Canucks’ GM Jim Benning wished MacDonald the best but wouldn’t comment on the departures of Palango and Gallagher.

He also indicated some current scouts would be moving into new roles while leaving the door open for the possibility new scouts might be hired.

Asked for an update this week on that process, a Canucks’ spokesperson wrote in an email: “We are in the process of finalizing some updates to the hockey operations area and will announce those in the near future.”

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