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Lindsay Hofford

Founder & CEO of Pro Hockey Development Group

About Me

Lindsay Hofford is a hockey renaissance man with more than 30 years of expertise. However, his hockey knowledge extends far beyond his renowned playing and coaching careers to the business side of the game.

Hofford's initial love was coaching young players and assisting them in advancing to higher leagues. Hofford held coaching positions in the Ontario, Western, and Canadian Hockey Leagues. Hofford held various coaching positions at various levels of players before starting his firm.

Hofford is still the NHL's Eastern Director of Scouting and the proprietor of Pro Hockey Development, one of the world's largest hockey development firms.

Lindsay Hofford: Decades of Coaching Experience

Hofford devoted years of his hockey career to assisting young players in developing their talents so they might advance through the ranks. In the early 1990s, he developed and ran Pro Hockey Development and was the Director of Hockey at the Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ontario.

Hofford's coaching career progressed from juvenile hockey through the Ontario Hockey League's junior ranks. He coached in the OHL for three years before heading to Lethbridge and coaching in the Western Hockey League for three more.

Hofford transformed his teaching experience into a scouting profession from 2010 to 2019. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Director of Amateur Scouting for the London Knights, and from 2015 to 2019, he was the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lindsay Hofford has coached and won at all levels, including the AHL, OHL, CHL, and CJHL. In addition, he coached or assisted in the draft of over 200 NHL players, including Corey Perry, Mitch Marner, Austin Matthews, Brent Seabrook, and Rick Nash.

Getting Back to Business

Hofford knew he never wanted to quit the hockey industry, but he didn't believe he was destined to coach indefinitely. Hoffman eventually decided to discontinue instructing and concentrate on expanding his business. Simultaneously, he was appointed Director of Scouting for the London Knights. He was one of the league's most successful scouts for six years.

Hofford's scouting abilities soon drew the attention of executives from the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs. As a result, Hoffman was promoted to Eastern Director of Scouting after only one year of scouting with the Leafs. He still retains this post now.

Education

Lindsay Hofford had a hectic life before accomplishing his lofty ambitions in the hockey industry, juggling employment, school, and athletics. Most of his days began at 5:30 a.m., with him assisting on the family dairy farm. As a result, he acquired a strong work ethic, which he believes led to his success in hockey, coaching, and business.

Hofford graduated from Wellington High School and went to the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. He was a Guelph Gryphons hockey player who finished with a double major in Sociology and Political Science.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, and educated there until the age of nine.

I moved to Wellington, Ontario, where I finished high school at 18.

I relocated to Guelph, Ontario, to study at the University of Guelph.

Hofford began a corporate career at a computer company just two days after graduating from the University of Guelph, eventually leading him to move to Toronto. He began coaching hockey as a volunteer in Toronto while working as a Marketing Representative for an air purification firm.

Lindsay Hofford was an instant success as a coach in Toronto, receiving promotion after promotion. After a short period, he left the air purification company to launch his own company, Pro Hockey Development. He had no idea that a little volunteer coaching post in Toronto would launch him into a hockey career.

Pro Hockey Development is now one of the continent's largest hockey development firms 26 years later.

Family comes first.

Hofford's passion for hockey is unshakable, but it pales compared to his family's. Callum Hofford, Rachel Hofford, Adam Panacci, and Nicole Panacci are his four children. Callum graduated from Salem State University, Rachael from Western University, and Adam Panacci played hockey in Bonnyville, Alberta, before starting university. Nicole Panacci attends her father's alma mater, the University of Guelph.

Callum Hofford graduated from Salem State University in 1994.

Rachael Hofford graduated from Western University in 1996.

Adam Panacci was born in 1999 and attended Bonnyville High School in Alberta.

Nicole Panacci was born in 2000 and studied at the University of Guelph.

Hofford is ecstatic with his children and credits his family-first attitude to his loving parents and childhood. He was the second of Ian and Catherine Hofford's three children. Lindsay Hofford's father suffered a quadriplegic stroke when she was two.

Throughout childhood, he saw his mother care for his father and work hard to support the family. Hofford attributes much of his work ethic to witnessing his mother do the impossible.

Lindsay Hofford continues supporting his family in all their activities while reaching new heights in hockey and business.