The United States Hockey League announced Luke Curadi as the Director of Player Personnel, effective immediately Wednesday.
“Luke’s background makes him a perfect fit for the position,” said USHL Deputy Commissioner Denny Scanlon. “As someone who played in the USHL, he can speak to aspiring players and parents about the league based on personal experience. In addition, his scouting background has provided him with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the USHL player recruitment and development process.”
With the USHL, Curadi will be responsible for supervision and execution of USHL combines as well as USHL Development series Youth Tournaments in addition to communicating with potential players, parents and advisors on behalf of the league.
Curadi, 28, has a wealth of hockey experience both on and off the ice. The Meriden, Conn. native joins the USHL after three seasons with member club Green Bay Gamblers as the Eastern USA Scout. With the Gamblers, Curadi focused on scouting various leagues across North America and identifying talent for the USHL Draft. He has also worked for the International Scouting Services (ISS Hockey) for the past three seasons as an AHL and NCAA Scout with a focus on finding talent for the NHL, AHL, and NCAA Division I levels as well as evaluating NHL Draft-eligible players, pro free agents and NCAA free agents.
Curadi also served as an Eastern USA Scout with the Jamestown Rebels (North American Hockey League) for the last three seasons.
The former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) defenseman served as the team’s alternate captain during his senior season and appeared on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s All-Academic Team in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Curadi was also responsible for developing a relationship between RPI and the United Heroes League.
Curadi formerly played in the USHL as a member of the Clark Cup Champion Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 2010-11 season when the defenseman served as alternate captain and registered 11 points (2-9-11) during the regular season. Curadi went on to play for the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL) during the 2015-16 season after his time at RPI. That season, he earned the Team Community Service Award after attending community outreach events including radiothons, ball hockey games and presentations about life as an NCAA athlete.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.