Winnipeg NHL Franchise Announces GM

Matt Eichel@@mattyalloutSenior Writer IJune 8, 2011

Kevin Cheveldayoff is the newest GM in the NHL, taking the job in Winnipeg.
Kevin Cheveldayoff is the newest GM in the NHL, taking the job in Winnipeg.

After only having an NHL franchise for over a week, True North Sports & Entertainment officially announced Wednesday its newest addition to the organization.

Kevin Cheveldayoff, who was rumoured to be the front runner for GM, was announced as the team's newest general manager.

Cheveldayoff played four seasons in the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings as a grinder before playing four seasons in the AHL and NHL.

In his executive career, Cheveldayoff has been the GM of the Chicago Wolves in the IHL and AHL. His tenure there included two Turner Cups and two Calder Cups.

He was the assistant GM of the Chicago Blackhawks for the past two seasons.

The former 16th overall pick will have former Manitoba Moose GM Craig Heisinger as his assistant GM.

Heisinger was also announced as the new club's Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations.

Heisinger was the Moose's GM from July 15, 2002 until the return of the NHL and led the Moose to become one of the most successful franchises in the AHL. Most notably, he won Executive of the League in 2008-09 when the Moose made their way to the Calder Cup Finals.

TSNE Chairman Mark Chipman commented that the new team's name should be decided on very soon, not giving a definite timeline.

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