CP NewsAlert: Toronto Maple Leafs appoint Kyle Dubas new general manager

Lynette PayneMay 14, 2018

Friday marked a big day for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it had nothing to do with the team playing in the postseason.

Dubas joined the team as assistant general manager in 2014. The 32-year-old Dubas is an advocate of analytics and succeeds the 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello, who will become a senior adviser.

Dubas added that Shanahan never made him any promises at the time about being Lou Lamoriello's successor. Dubas is regarded as an open-minded, progressive team architect, and his work alongside Lamoriello and Hunter, among others, has him well-prepared to guide the Leafs to the next level of their competitive cycle. Most expected President Brendan Shanahan to choose Dubas or Mark Hunter, another assistant GM with the team. Marie Greyhounds, of the Ontario Hockey League, at the age of 25. The Leafs note that in Dubas' four seasons as GM, the Marlies have a record of 190-90-20-4 and have developed eight members of the current Leafs roster: Connor Brown, Connor Carrick, Travis Dermott, Zach Hyman, Andreas Johnsson, Kasperi Kapanen, Josh Leivo and William Nylander.

"It was a hard decision in that we had two such qualified people", Shanahan said.

Dubas' responsibilities had included player personnel, managing the club's player development department and farm system, managing the organization's research & development department, and overseeing the organization's top prospects as GM of the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. If we're talking experience, well, Dubas has been in leadership roles with successful franchises in the OHL, AHL and National Hockey League for eight years now - as long or longer than executives like Ferguson and Bowman were before they became GMs. "And now it's really up to (Kyle) and his staff to get together in the coming weeks and see how it all plays out". Lamoriello had said April 30 he planned on honoring his contract with the Maple Leafs, which said he would become a special advisor after three years as GM. "It gives me great pride to announce Kyle as the new GM".

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