The Toronto Maple Leafs announced a number of additions to their personnel, including former Canadian legend Hayley Wickenheiser as their assistant director of player development. What a legendary addition to their front office!
Wickenheiser won four Olympic gold medals for Canada and seven World Championship golds. She is the all-time points leader for the nation's women's hockey program with 379 in 276 games and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011. The 40-year-old former forward made history and became the first woman to play full-time professional hockey in a position other than goaltender.
She represented Canada from 1994 until her retirement last year, and now serves on the IOC's Athletes' Commission. She announced her retirement from hockey in 2017 and served as a guest coach at the Maple Leafs development camp earlier this year.
Ever since the Maple Leafs started a new era with general manager Kyle Dubas, very bold moves have been made - not only on the ice, but also in the front office. The addition of Wickenheiser is surely one that will enchant Maple Leafs fans, seeing the success she has had on different levels in the hockey world.
The Maple Leafs made a number of changes to their department of player development on Thursday. The Leafs also made another addition to their front office, announcing that the hockey club has elevated Scott Pellerin to the role of Senior Director of Player Development and Stéphane Robidas to the club’s Director of Player Development.
"Pellerin has been with the Maple Leafs Player Development department since November 2014 when he was hired as the club's Assistant Manager of Player Development, prior to being promoted to Director of Player Development on June 5, 2015. Since Pellerin joined the Maple Leafs organization, 19 players have graduated from Toronto's player development system to make their NHL debut with the team.
Robidas joined the Maple Leafs Player Development department in September 2017. He was named the Maple Leafs' Assistant Director of Player Development after concluding his NHL playing career, which spanned 937 games over 15 seasons, with the Maple Leafs organization."
The Maple Leafs also hired a pair of scouts, bringing in Noelle Needham (Midwestern United States) and Victor Carneiro (Ontario), who previously worked with GM Kyle Dubas as director of player personnel for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.