What can we say about Scott Brand that he hasn’t already said about himself? Brand is a product of amateur hockey having played youth hockey in Michigan, Iowa, Texas, and Illinois.
After a “career” (not a very good one either) in Junior hockey, he spent eight seasons as an on-ice official in the United States Hockey League, International Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League.
After leaving the ice, he held the position of Vice-President and General Manager of the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League from 1992-96 where he guided the team to set record crowds, corporate sponsorship and the building of a new arena. He also founded the Waterloo Bucks, the 1st expansion team in the Northwoods College Baseball League in 1995 and was named executive of the year. In May of 1996, he was named the Vice-President of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, where he increased attendance for two seasons in a row.
In 1998, and for the next 14 seasons, he guided USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program along with being the Director of Hockey Operations with the USHL. Under his direction, 15 officials advanced to sign National Hockey League contracts (including Cottonmouths player Peter McDougall) and over 250 into minor professional & college hockey.
He is also the inventor of the icing rule that is used by every major hockey league in the world. In 2008 Brand received the Distinguished Service Award from the United States Hockey League and in 2012 he was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame.
2013 saw Brand hired by the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL, the team won the 2014-15 Anderson Cup Championship and he directed 22 of the team’s top 25 crowds, in 2015 the team was sold and Brand returned home to his family farm in St. Louis, MI, where he helped start a local farmers market and was named Vice President of Operations for Pure Pro Wrestling, a Michigan based sports entertainment promotion.
In 2016, Brand was lured back into hockey and was named the President & General Manager of the new Carolina Thunderbirds. Brand set attendance and corporate sponsorships records in Winston-Salem, along with securing that teams longevity in the community. During the 2018-19 season that team would go on to winning a record 24 games in a row, the regular season championship and the playoff championship along with selling out the building a record 13 times.
In June of 2019, he was hired as to the position of President/General Manager of the Columbus River Dragons.