Rajanen’s journey to Central Scouting
By: By Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com Staff Writer, Superior Telegram
Even before he considered the life of a scout, Greg Rajanen was perfecting his craft as a coach in the Minnesota high school ranks.
Rajanen, who is in his first season as a midwestern scout for NHL Central Scouting, spent a total of 22 years coaching scholastic players at Austin High, Fridley High and Anoka High.
“I had a few players I coached who were drafted and I also coached against many different drafted players from Minnesota,” Rajanen told NHL.com.
Center Reggie Berg played for Rajanen for two years at Anoka High School and was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh round in the 1996 NHL Draft after spending two seasons in the United States Hockey League with the Des Moines Buccaneers (1993-95).
Berg played four seasons for the University of Minnesota and spent time in the ECHL but never reached the NHL.
Defenseman Dan Reimann also played for Rajanen at Anoka and was drafted in the ninth round by the New Jersey Devils in 1991. He spent four years at St. Cloud State and four more in the ECHL but never played in the NHL.
One other player Rajanen recalled from Anoka was center Steve Magnusson, who was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (No. 85) of the 1991 NHL Draft. The 6-foot, 185-pound forward spent three seasons at the University of Minnesota but never reached the NHL, most likely, according to Rajanen, due to an off-ice injury.
NOTES: Rajanen graduated from SSHS in 1971. … He led the Spartan hockey team in scoring his junior and senior seasons, was captain and all-state in 1971 and was a member of three state championship teams (1969, 1970, 1971). … He started a second base on the baseball team his junior and senior seasons, was named the MVP in 1971 and was a member of the SSHS team that finished third at the state tournament in 1970. … In football he was a two-year letterwinner and the starting quarterback his senior season. … He played baseball and hockey for the Badgers before transferring to UWS where he lettered three years in both baseball and hockey. … He was all-conference in baseball twice and all-academic three times. … Rajanen is currently a physical education and adapted physical education teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. … He has also coached baseball, including at Babbitt (Minn.) High School in 1976 and the Lions Club All-Star team in 1977. … He also coached the adapted athletic baseball team in Anoka from 1993-2011, winning four state championships.
Ken Olson of the Superior Telegram contributed to this story.