By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Montreal Canadiens have hired their new general manager. He comes to the Canadiens after being a sports agent.
The Canadiens hired Kent Hughes to be their GM. He was most recently with Quartexx Management as a sports agent.
“The process of finding our new general manager afforded us the opportunity to meet a number of extremely qualified candidates,” Canadiens Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Jeff Gorton said in a statement. “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.”
He had joined Quartexx Management in 2016. He was previously with MFive Sports, who merged with Quartexx Management.
Hughes replaces former GM Marc Bergevin, who was fired by the team in November. The Canadiens, after struggles to begin the season, also fired assistant GM Trevor Timmins.
The team had done a national search before settling on Hughes to lead the role. The 51-year-old is now the 18th GM in team history.
“We are very excited to add Kent Hughes to our organization,” Canadiens Owner/President/CEO Geoff Molson said in a statement. “Kent is highly-respected in the hockey world, having built an excellent reputation as an NHL player agent for over 25 years now.”
Before becoming the team’s GM, Hughes represented more than 20 NHL players. He received a five-year deal from the team.
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