Penguins: Hextall, Burke Join Front Office

The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Ron Hextall as their new general manager and named Brian Burke as their new president of hockey operations.

“We feel incredibly lucky to bring in two highly-respected executives with a combined 50-plus years of NHL management experience,” Penguins CEO David Morehouse said. “Ron and Brian are well-known in the hockey world as fierce competitors with championship pedigrees. They’re very well-connected and experienced in all aspects of the game. They are both excited to get to work here in Pittsburgh, blending their skills and building on our long tradition of success.”

The Penguins were in the market for new front office staff after the departure of Jim Rutherford in late January. He’d been in the general manager post since 2014 and won two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh.

Burke had been working with Sportsnet as a broadcaster, but his NHL resume is extensive. He’d most recently served as the president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames. He was notably responsible for the hiring of Brad Treliving as general manager in April of 2014.

Burke was also president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and won the Stanley Cup as general manager of the Anaheim Ducks. He was general manager of the Vancouver Canucks and drafted the likes of Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Burke was also general manager of the Hartford Whalers, plus he put in a stint with the NHL’s front office as executive vice president and director of hockey operations under Gary Bettman.

After retiring from an extensive playing career in 1999, Hextall joined the Philadelphia Flyers as a scout. He became director of player personnel after three years. In June of 2006, Hextall joined the Los Angeles Kings’ front office as vice president and assistant general manager. He was also general manager of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.

Hextall won a Stanley Cup with the Kings as assistant general manager in 2012 before re-joining the Flyers as their assistant general manager in July of 2013. By May of 2014, he was promoted to the general manager post after Paul Holmgren’s promotion to president.

The Penguins are fifth in the East Division, with a 5-5-1 record ahead. They were supposed to play the New Jersey Devils Tuesday, but that game was postponed due to COVID-19 Protocol.

Pic: David Maialetti/Philadelphia Inquirer

Published by Dr. Pucksworth

Doctor of Puckanomics.

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