CHARACTER COUNTS

Coyotes fan with autism, scouting aspirations joined team at NHL Draft

Jul 11, 2019, 3:37 PM | Updated: 4:06 pm

The Arizona Coyotes had an extra scout with them for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Connor Havens, a Coyotes fan who was diagnosed with autism, received an invite from Coyotes general manager John Chayka to come join the team on the floor at the draft.

“We heard you graduated, so we wanted to give you a special gift,” Chayka said in a video message for Havens. “How would you feel about coming to the 2019 draft in Vancouver? Our scouts might need help so make sure you’ve got your list ready.”

At Rogers Arena, home of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, Chayka and the Coyotes made selections across the two-day draft starting with Victor Soderstrom in the first round and ending with Valentin Nussbaumer in the seventh round. Havens was credentialed and was shown in a video from the team chatting on the draft floor with Chayka and assistant GM Steve Sullivan.

“I want to be a scout,” he told Chayka, later recommending that the team select defenseman Adam McCormick from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the QMJHL.

“Connor just reached out and just graduated there. Came down, had a few ideas for us, really pounded the table in the seventh round,” Chayka said. “He had a guy on his list that he felt was there late. So, might be an invite, so we’ll see. But I really enjoyed him.”

McCormick, who had 30 points in 63 games last year, went undrafted.

Penguin Air
Penguin Air
character counts

Character Counts is a registered trademark of the Josephson Institute.

Character Counts

Luke Weaver #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the f...
Character Counts

D-backs’ Luke Weaver helping raise money for exploited girls in Philippines

D-backs pitcher Luke Weaver is teaming up with Big League Impact to help raise money for exploited and trafficked Filipino girls.
2 days ago
Fans watch as the Arizona Coyotes warm up before the NHL game against the Nashville Predators at Gi...
Character Counts

Arizona Coyotes Foundation’s 2022-23 grant cycle to open July 1

The Arizona Coyotes Foundation announced that the 2022-23 grant cycle will open from July 1 and run through Aug. 1.
12 days ago
(Arizona Cardinals Photo)...
Character Counts

Arizona Cardinals to send students to nation’s capital on team plane

The Cardinals announced the team will send 241 students and 30 chaperones on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. on the team plane.
13 days ago
Arizona Cardinals mascot Big Red poses with fans prior to their game against the Detroit Lions at S...
Character Counts

Arizona Cardinals to host skills camp for Mikey’s League on Saturday

The Cardinals to host a skills camp for kids and young adults from Mikey’s League, which gives kids with disabilities athletic opportunities.
15 days ago
(Courtesy Phoenix Mercury)...
Arizona Sports

Phoenix Mercury to celebrate Pride Night on Friday

The Phoenix Mercury will celebrate Pride Month and the local LGBTQ+ community by hosting a Pride Night for their game on Friday against the Atlanta Dream.
24 days ago
Follow @AZSports...
Character Counts

J.J. Watt volunteers at Las Vegas food bank prior to ‘The Match’

Cardinals DL J.J. Watt took advantage of being in the Las Vegas area on Wednesday ahead of his involvement in TNT's "The Match."
29 days ago
Coyotes fan with autism, scouting aspirations joined team at NHL Draft