The Montreal Canadiens have announced the hiring of Kent Hughes as their 18th general manager in franchise history.
Executive vice-president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton has known Hughes for many years. Hughes wasn’t part of the first wave of interviews until finally interviewing last Monday.
Reports are it was not an easy decision for Hughes to leave his agency business as he was a player agent for 12 NHL players that included Kris Letang, Patrice Bergeron and Darnell Nurse.
“The process of finding our new general manager afforded us the opportunity to meet a number of extremely qualified candidates. Kent stood out, and we believe he is the right person to be the general manager of the Canadiens. We also believe that Kent’s experience as an agent will be a great asset to the organization,” said Jeff Gorton.