The Toronto Maple Leafs have shuffled up the nametags in the war room today, promoting Director of Player of Personnel Mark Hunter to Assistant General Manager.
“Mark’s new title is essentially a formality as these are duties he’s already been performing,” said Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “Brendan and I have been discussing this change of title since last season – as it’s a more appropriate recognition of Mark’s role with the organization since joining the Maple Leafs. There are no changes to Mark or Kyle’s duties, or to that of Brandon Pridham, Assistant to the General Manager.”
This won’t be Hunter’s first time having the role; when Dave Nonis was relieved of his GM duties in 2015, he and Kyle Dubas split duties as the interim men-in-charge. Clearly, Hunter has put in the work with the team to deserve a share of the spotlight. He’s been instrumental in finding talent at both the pro and amateur levels and in assisting with the day-to-day operations.
As Lamoriello noted, Kyle Dubas’ duties of overseeing the Marlies, any already-acquired prospects, and the research and development team will remain the same, as will Brandon Pridham’s role as Lamoriello’s direct assistant and capologist.
Presumably, this will also make room for a fancy-sounding title to be given to Tim Speltz, who was reported to be joining the Leafs as their ‘Director of Western-Area Scouting’ but hasn’t been officially introduced by the team yet.