In doing some research for a story I was writing, I tracked common traits among NHL General Managers. What I found reinforced a belief I've held for some time. The fastest way to the executive washroom is through the locker room.
|Anaheim Ducks||Bob Murray||x|
|Boston Bruins||Peter Chiarelli||x|
|Buffalo Sabres||Darcy Regier||x|
|Calgary Flames||Jay Feaster||x|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Jim Rutherford||x|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Stan Bowman||x|
|Colorado Avalanche||Greg Sherman||x|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Scott Howson||x|
|Dallas Stars||Joe Nieuwendyk||x|
|Detroit Red Wings||Ken Holland||x|
|Edmonton Oilers||Steve Tambellini||x|
|Florida Panthers||Dale Tallon||x|
|Los Angeles Kings||Dean Lombardi||x|
|Minnesota Wild||Chuck Fletcher||x|
|Montreal Canadiens||Pierre Gauthier||x|
|Nashville Predators||David Poile||x|
|New Jersey Devils||Lou Lamoriello||x|
|New York Islanders||Garth Snow||x|
|New York Rangers||Glen Sather||x|
|Ottawa Senators||Bryan Murray||x|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Paul Holmgren||x|
|Phoenix Coyotes||Don Maloney||x|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Ray Shero||x|
|San Jose Sharks||Doug Wilson||x|
|St. Louis Blues||Doug Armstrong||x|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Steve Yzerman||x|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Brian Burke||x|
|Vancouver Canucks||Mike Gillis||x|
|Washington Capitals||George McPhee||x|
|Winnipeg Jets||Kevin Cheveldayoff||x|
- 19 of 30 (63%) NHL General Managers count "hockey player" as their most significant qualification for the job.
- 3 others, Bowman, Fletcher and Shero are legacies - their fathers were influential pillars in the NHL.
- 2, Chiarelli and Lombardi, were player agents
- The remaining 6 came to their jobs through other means - scouting, business, hockey ops.
Hockey is a place where the old adage, "It's not what you know, it's who you know" doesn't hold. The NHL adage should be, "It's not what you know, it's where you played."