The Florida Panthers announced today the hiring of Richard Pollock as a professional scout and Josh Weissbock as a prospect consultant.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Pollock founded the hockey news and analysis website IllegalCurve.com in 2007, one of the first of its kind. His writing has also been featured on ESPN and Hockey Prospectus. Most recently, Pollock has served as the lead analyst on the weekly “IllegalCurve Hockey Show” on Winnipeg’s TSN affiliate, AM 1290, and as a color commentator and analyst during select NHL broadcasts on the same station. Pollock, a lawyer in Winnipeg, is a 2008 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law.
Since 2011, Weissbock, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been involved in hockey research and writing in the area of prospect analysis. He has consulted for various professional, amateur, and national teams and presented at industry conferences. Weissbock studied Computer Science, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing at the University of Ottawa, where he earned his master’s in 2014 and was an Academic All-Canadian (Rowing). Weissbock will continue his current professional role working for the Canadian government.