ATTLNH: Wickenheiser appointed Assistant GM in Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs promoted Hayley Wickenheiser, Ryan Hardy, and Darryl Metcalf to assistant general manager and hired Curtis Sanford as goalkeeping coach.

Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medalist on the Canada women’s team, joined the Leafs in 2018 as assistant director of player development and was promoted to senior department manager last year.

She will continue in her role as player development assistant, the team said in a statement.

Hardy will serve as assistant general manager of minor league operations. After three years as general manager of Chicago Steel in the USHL, he was hired as the department’s senior manager last year. Hardy was named USHL General Manager of the Year in two of his three seasons with Chicago.

Metcalf was promoted to assistant general manager of hockey research and development in his ninth season with the Leafs. Since 2018 he has been special assistant to general manager Kyle Dubas.

Brandon Pridham will continue in his role as Deputy Director General Manager.

Sanford is joining the Maple Leafs after five seasons as goaltender coach at AHL affiliate Vancouver Canucks. He played 144 NHL career games with the St. Louis Blues, Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Steve Brière is transferring from the Leafs to the Kraken

The Seattle Kraken on Tuesday announced the hiring of Steve Briere as their new goalkeeping coach.

Brière was fired from Toronto Maple Leafs management for his services while holding the same position for the past seven seasons.

The 45-year-old’s stint with the Leafs marked his National League coaching debut.

After making Frederik Andersen and Jack Cambell star goaltenders in the NHL, Brière will work alongside Philipp Grubauer and Chris Driedger in Seattle, barring a transfer during the off-season.

Brad Shaw meets John Tortorella again

Brad Shaw has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers and will serve as John Tortorella’s assistant coach.

Shaw will find Tortorella behind the bench, the two men worked side-by-side with the Columbus Blues Jackets for five seasons from 2016 to 2021. The new signing’s main task will be to work on the team’s defence.

Shaw was an assistant coach and associate coach with the St. Louis Blues for nine seasons from 2006 to 2016.

The Flyers will look to use his experience behind the bench of a National League team to hope for a playoff comeback, something they have failed to do in the past two seasons.

Two new assistant coaches on Long Island

Islanders management has announced that Doug Houda and Brian Wiseman will be the team’s new assistant coaches starting next season.

Houda has spent the past six seasons off the bench for the Detroit Red Wings and has held the same position. Houda also worked as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins for ten seasons and won the 2011 Stanley Cup.

For his part, Wiseman has been an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers for the past three seasons. Before jumping into the NHL, he held the same role at the University of Michigan from 2011 to 2019.

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