The Sault Greyhounds will be looking for a new GM, Kyle Dubas has been hired as assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
According to reports, the Leafs are in a front office restructuring. Dubas who has been GM for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for three seasons will replace Claude Loiselle, who is leaving the team along with vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin.
Leafs president Brendan Shanahan says “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” s
Dubas says working for the Leafs is a “like a dream come true.”
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Soo Greyhounds President & Chairman of the Board Dr. Lou Lukenda, in conjunction with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment announced today that Kyle Dubas has been hired by the National Hockey League Club as Assistant General Manager, effective immediately.
The Greyhounds granted permission last week to Maple Leafs President of Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan to speak to Dubas, making this advancement possible.
“As an organization we are very excited for the opportunity that has presented itself for Kyle starting today. It has been a pleasure to see the passion, dedication and commitment he has shown our organization over his tenure as GM while ensuring the sustained success for the Soo Greyhounds program” started Lukenda.
“Our organization has always been dedicated to providing the best experience in all aspects of it’s operations, while providing the necessary tools and experience to make career advancements like this one today.”
The 28-year old Dubas, was originally hired as General Manager of the Greyounds on Friday, April 15, 2011 becoming one of the youngest GM’s hired by an Ontario Hockey League club.
“This announcement today is one that brings very mixed emotions for me. Certainly, I am excited by the massive opportunity that the Toronto Maple Leafs have afforded me. However, with that comes leaving a team and group of people that have an impact on me that is special that it is truly difficult to put into words” began Dubas.
“One of the most important elements of this decision for me was the fact that the staff and group of players with the Greyhounds are just a fabulous team and will be able to carry on the current course in a seamless manner. I’m also very excited about working with the Board of Directors over the short-term future to properly transition the team.”
Over three years overseeing the Hockey and Business Operations of the Hounds, Dubas made impressive strides in building a program our community can be proud of.
On the ice, the Hounds progressed to the top of the Western Conference over the course of the past three seasons while advancing to back-to-back post-season berths and becoming the 2014 West Division Champions.
Team’s constructed by Dubas compiled an overall record of 109-76-7-12 and would see fourteen players drafted to the NHL.
Off-the-ice, he transformed the Hounds academic program while ensuring the success of the student-atheletes with the team.
This past April, Patrick Watling was named recipient of the Roger Neilson Memorial Award (Top Post-Secondary Student) while following the 2012-13 season, Darnell Nurse received the OHL’s Bobby Smith Trophy (Scholastic Player of the Year).
“We would like to thank Kyle for the mammoth contributions he has made to our organization over the past three years while building a solid foundation in both our hockey and business departments” said Lukenda.
“Additionally, we would like to thank the Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE for their professionalism in dealing with this matter” concluded Lukenda.
The process has already begun to find a replacement for the next Greyhounds General Manager in a search that will be both internal and external.
Dubas will be heavily involved in the search and hiring of the successful candidate along with helping that individual with the transition into their new role.