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New Jersey Devils has named its first female assistant general manager, making Kate Madigan the sixth woman to win the title in the NHL.
General Manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the promotion on Wednesday, the day before. NHL Draft,
“Kate has been an incredibly valuable resource, not only to me, but to our entire Hockey Operations leadership staff, especially over the past three years, as part of major hockey decisions,” Fitzgerald said. “This promotion reflects the duties and responsibilities that Kate assumed during that time within our organization.
“His hard work, work ethic, attention to detail, ability to communicate with all employees, strategy and vision are the qualities I look for in my leadership,” he said.
The NHL has promoted several women to the role of assistant general manager in the past month, with Hayley Wickenheiser getting the job. in Toronto This week and Meghan Hunter campaigned in Chicago last month.
Vancouver Canucks There are two women serving as assistant general managers, Emily Castongue and Cammy Granato. The first woman to win the title in the NHL was Angela Gorgon in 1996.
“It’s amazing. Representation really matters,” Hunter said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I remember coming out of college and I didn’t really see anyone I knew in[NHL]women[working]in hockey operations, so I naturally gravitated into coaching because at the time I Really thought that was all that was available. I think the more representation, the more women break into different angles is amazing.”
Granato said the pendulum is swinging to add diversity to different areas of the game, be it broadcasting, business or the front office.
“But I think the hires, are the people who are also qualified,” she said. “There are people who say, ‘Oh, you’re just trying to catch up and you’re just adding people to connect,’ but they’re worthy people. But I’m not surprised. I’m excited about it .
“It’s great that the NHL is taking that kind of mindset and looking toward opening up the pool for applicants and hires,” Granato said. “A part of me isn’t surprised at this point, but I’m definitely excited about the opportunity and diversity that women are getting. I think it’s great.”
Madigan served as the team’s executive director of hockey management/operations. The 29-year-old also worked two years in video/player information operations before being promoted to Director of Pro Scouting Operations in 2021. During the pandemic, his job in management/operations overlapped with his role in scouting.
He described the campaign as an exciting opportunity.
“I look forward to working with this group to make the New Jersey Devils better every day, and our fans look forward to and deserve the continued success,” she said. “I’m excited for the future of this team, not just now, but for what it will be.”
Madigan will serve as part of the small group on which Fitzgerald will lean on for key input, strategy and decision-making, including roster building, transactions, hockey personnel decisions, team operations, facilities management, budgeting and planning at the pro and amateur levels. Are included. As part of the team’s management travel party.
Madigan holds a master’s in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University. He worked for Deloitte for two years as an accountant before switching careers.