The Toronto Maple Leafs are about done with their roster, but their front office is a different story altogether. The team surprised many today when it announced via its website that the Leafs have hired 28-year old Kyle Dubas as their Assistant General Manager.
“Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work ethic and maturation beyond his years,” said Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan. “He has a fresh approach that we feel will benefit our club for years to come.”
Kyle Dubas was hired as the youngest GM in OHL history when he took the reins in 2011 of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The team was one of the worst in the OHL upon Dubas’ arrival, but last season they won their division with a 44-17-2 record. Brendan Shanahan, Dave Nonis, and others now hope that Dubas can bring that same savvy to a team that could use a better look at the deeper, more analytic side of the game.
I spoke to Dubas at @SloanSportsConf this year. He’s smart, not afraid to innovate…should be a refreshing voice in Leafs’ front office.
— Scott Cullen (@tsnscottcullen) July 22, 2014
The team let go of two front office figures when they hired Dubas. Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle were casualties of the front office upheaval, but Shanahan had nothing but good things to say about them. “I would like to thank Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle for their tireless dedication during their time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. They are both very accomplished hockey executives who have helped put this team in a position to take the next step.”
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