The Toronto Maple Leafs named Kyle Dubas as the 17th general manager in franchise history Friday.
When asked how close he came to leaving the Maple Leafs organization, Dubas explained team president Brendan Shanahan shut down talks before things got very far.
Dubas, who joined the team as assistant GM in July 2014, becomes the 17th GM in Toronto franchise history. "I will now focus all of my attention towards making a decision regarding our next general manager". This past season, the Marlies were awarded the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular season champions with their 54-18-2-2 record (112 points).
In Dubas' four seasons as Marlies general manager, the affiliate developed eight players on the current Maple Leafs roster: Connor Brown, Connor Carrick, Travis Dermott, Zach Hyman, Andreas Johnsson, Kasperi Kapanen, Josh Leivo and William Nylander. It began talk of him landing with the Islanders, who are coming off a second straight playoff-less season.
"I still think we're growing", Shanahan said.
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Dubas' new role not only thrusts the top of the Maple Leafs' front office into the next generation of analysis but leaves the future of fellow interim GM Mark Hunter in question. Shanahan said he examined prospects outside the organization but knew there were two "incredibly qualified" internal candidates. He was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the sports industry's rising stars under 30 in 2015.
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.
At the time of his hiring by the Greyhounds, the Sports Management Graduate from Brock University (Dean's List honours) became the second youngest General Manager in OHL history at the age of 25.
John Chayka became the youngest general manager in National Hockey League history in May 2016 when, at 26, he was promoted to GM by the Arizona Coyotes.