Lou Lamoriello Named New Maple Leafs GM

While it may sound like plotline from a deleted episode in a poorly written Twilight Zone reboot, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they have hired Lou Lamoriello as the team’s 16th General Manager.

Lamoriello worked with the Devils for 28 years as the President and GM, joining the team in 1987. On May 4 he resigned as the team’s GM, making way for Ray Shero to take over the team there, but he stayed on as the team’s President, a position he resigned from today. The Devils announced his resignation just moments before the Maple Leafs announced his acceptance of the new position in Toronto.

He made the playoffs 21 times with the Devils, won nine division championships, made the finals five times and brought three Stanley Cup Championships to New Jersey. Lamoriello also served as an interim head coach for the Devils on three occasions.

Highlights on his resume include being the GM of Team USA in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where the team won. He was also inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, as well as being inducted in the Builder Category in 2009.

The signing of Lamoriello continues a complete remaking of the Toronto front office over the last two years, with Brendan Shanahan taking over as the team’s President last summer and the team hiring Mike Babcock as a coach this summer.

If you’re surprised at the news, you’re not alone.

Sportnet’s John Shannon reports that the Maple Leafs will have to compensate the Devils with a draft pick for hiring Lamoriello.

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