Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser was promoted to assistant general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Four-time Olympic women’s hockey gold medalist (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) will be working under GM Kyle Dupas. She joined Maple Leafs as Assistant Director of Player Development on August 23, 2018 and was promoted to Senior Director of Player Development on May 17, 2021, when former Canada Olympic teammate and fellow Hockey Hall of Fame colleague Danielle Jewett was appointed as Director of Player Development.
Wickenheiser is the fourth woman to be named an Assistant GM in NHL history. She worked with potential Toronto side at all levels, focusing on those in western Canada while completing her education at the University of Calgary Medical School in Cumming in 2021. She scored 379 points (168 goals, 211 assists), the most in her country’s history, and retired In 2017 to pursue becoming an emergency room physician. Wickenheiser was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019 and has become one of Canada’s most influential faces in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Vancouver Canucks appointed Emily Castonguay and Cammy Granato as Assistant General Manager on January 24 and February 10, respectively. Megan Hunter was promoted to Assistant General Manager for the Chicago Blackhawks on June 22.
On Tuesday, Jessica Campbell was named the first full-time assistant coach in NHL history when she was hired by Coachella Valley, the Seattle Kraken subsidiary, which is set to begin playing next season. A former captain at Cornell University, Campbell will join the development camp in Seattle from July 11-14 to work with potential clients who have been drafted or signed as free agents in the past two seasons.
The Maple Leafs were 54-21-7 in the regular season, second in the Atlantic Division. They have lost the first round of the Eastern Conference to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games and have not advanced past the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2004.