May 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter (16) is congratulated by teammate left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) after scoring a first period goal against the New York Rangers in game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins name Jason Karmanos VP of hockey operations

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Thursday that Jason Karmanos has been named vice president of hockey operations. This is a move that marks the first hiring since new general manager Jim Rutherford has taken over control of the Pens’ front office.

The 40 year old is the son of the Carolina Hurricanes owner, Peter Karmanos Jr. He and Rutherford have worked together for 15 years, from 1998-2013 during the time span over which Rutherford was general manager of the Hurricanes. Karmanos held many positions throughout those 15 seasons with the franchise, two of which include vice president/assistant GM and executive director of hockey operations.

“I’ve worked with Jason for many years, know him well and know he can make great contributions to our hockey operations department,” said Rutherford. “His first priority here will be to reshape our analytics so that we have all the tools available in our decision-making process throughout the season.”

Karmanos joins associate general manager Jason Botterill and assistant general managers Tom Fitzgerald and Bill Guerin on Rutherford’s staff, who were named to their positions the same day that Rutherford was hired. This was the same day that former coach Dan Bylsma was fired from the head coach position. No one has been hired to replace Bylsma, though many rumors abound as to who the franchise will choose to bring on board.

Karmanos played college hockey at Harvard prior to attending the Penguins training camp in 1996. He then went on to play for the Raleigh Ice Caps of the ECHL for the 1996-1997 campaign. Unfortunately his playing career was cut short due to an eye injury.

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