Hunter out as Leafs assistant GM

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One moved up, the other one moved out!

Eleven days after Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas moved up to become the club’s new general manager, it was announced today that Mark Hunter will not be back with the team come 2018-2019.

The Leafs have announced today that Hunter and the club have mutually agreed to part ways.

Hunter, who shared the assistant general manager position with Dubas for two seasons from 2016-2018, was hired as the Leafs director of player personnel in the 2014-2015 season.

That was the same season Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native Kyle Dubas moved up to become the Leafs assistant general manager after serving three seasons as general manager of his hometown Soo Greyhounds from 2011-2014.

Hunter, who is the London Knights co-owner with his brother Dale, was also the Knights general manager from 2000-2015, before joining the Leafs prior to the 2014-2015 season.

During his years as general manager, Mark built the London Knights to winning three J. Ross Robertson Cups (2005, 2012 and 2013), and one Memorial Cup title in 2005.

The Knights also captured a J. Ross Robertson Cup and a Memorial Cup title in 2016, while Mark was in his second season as the Maple Leafs director of player personnel, but still co-owned the Knights and remained VP of hockey operations.

Back in November of 2011, The 55 year old took over as head coach of the London Knights after his older brother Dale moved up to become head coach of the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

During that season, Mark helped lead the London Knights to a J. Ross Robertson Cup title, before losing to the Shawinigan Cataractes in the Memorial Cup Final.

Following that season, Dale decided to rejoin the London Knights as head coach after leading the Capitals to the second round of the playoffs.

So now we ask ourselves this question ….

If Mark doesn’t find another job in the NHL, does brother Dale want him to rejoin the London Knights full time again?

NOTE

Former Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello has been named the New York Islanders president of hockey operations for the 2018-2019 season.

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