Montreal Canadiens hire player agent Kent Hughes as GM

The Montreal Canadiens employed participant agent Kent Hughes as their normal supervisor Tuesday, hoping he can flip round a crew with the worst document within the NHL.

The 51-year-old Montreal native replaces Marc Bergevin, who was fired Nov. 28 following the Canadiens’ poor begin.

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Hughes has been an agent and associate of Quebec-based agency Quartexx Administration since 2016.

Earlier than becoming a member of the Canadiens as their 18th GM, Hughes represented greater than 20 gamers below NHL contracts. His previous shoppers included Patrice Bergeron, Kristopher Letang, Anthony Beauvillier and Darnell Nurse.

Montreal Canadiens' Christian Dvorak (28), Ryan Poehling (25), Jonathan Drouin (92), Jeff Petry (26), and Rem Pitlick (32) celebrate Poehling's goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz.

Montreal Canadiens’ Christian Dvorak (28), Ryan Poehling (25), Jonathan Drouin (92), Jeff Petry (26), and Rem Pitlick (32) have fun Poehling’s objective through the second interval of an NHL hockey recreation towards the Arizona Coyotes, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz.
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Hughes was beforehand affiliated with MFive Sports activities, which merged with Quartexx in 2016.

“We’re very excited so as to add Kent Hughes to our group. Kent is very revered within the hockey world, having constructed a wonderful status as an NHL participant agent for over 25 years now,” Canadiens proprietor Geoff Molson mentioned in an announcement.

Hughes joins government vp of hockey operations Jeff Gorton, who was employed shortly after Bergevin’s dismissal, in Montreal’s entrance workplace.

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Molson beforehand mentioned he envisions Gorton and Montreal’s new GM operating hockey operations in complementary roles.

The Canadiens entered their recreation Tuesday night time at Dallas in final place within the NHL general standings with a 7-25-5 document.