Neil Little spent 24 years in the Philadelphia Flyers organization as a goaltender, development coach and global amatuer scout. In 2015 he accepted a job offer from the Florida Panthers to become a Pro Scout, with his primary focus evaluating and monitoring NHL players and teams across North America.
Neil was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. He left home at 18 to pursue his hockey dreams, and made a junior team located in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Earning MVP honors as well as winning the league Rookie of the Year award, he had several scholarship offers as a result. Ultimately he chose to accept an offer from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), located in upstate NY and part of the NCAA Division 1 ECAC conference. He won various honors during his collegiate career: he made the ECAC All-Rookie Team his freshman year, was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers, was named All-American his junior year, and was a Hobey Baker finalist (College Hockey's MVP) his senior year. Upon graduation he signed a professional contract, and began a 12 year professional career, highlighted by numerous awards, All-star appearances, playing in the NHL, and two memorable championship seasons. Neil is a member of both RPI’s Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the Philadelphia Phantoms Hall of Fame. Neil’s last official game was the 2012 Winter Classic (Flyers vs Rangers) Alumni game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in front of 60,000 fantastic hockey fans. Now fully immersed in the world of pro scouting, Neil is enjoying the challenges and rewards of putting together the very best team possible for the Florida Panthers.
Neil is father to three children, Nick, Elsie, and Graysen, and husband to Catherine. They reside just outside of Philadelphia, in Wayne, PA. When not on the road scouting, Neil enjoys spending time with his family and aspires to somehow shoot par.
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