Toronto Maple Leafs GM Candidates 2023
Toronto Maple Leafs GM candidates 2023 are Brandon Pridham, Ryan Hardi, Darryl Metcalf, Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser, and others.
The first four personnel have been serving as the assistant general manager for the team. Except for Pridham, three of them have the responsibility of other departments as well.
For instance, Hardy also handles minor-league operations. Likewise, Darryl Metcalf is in the hockey research and development department.
Let's learn more about the in-house potential contenders who can procure the position in the near future.
In 1999, Brandon Pridham began his NHL career as a coordinator in Central Scouting. He joined the NHL franchise the same year as the former general manager Dubas. He was hired as a special assistant to the GM.
After Kyle became the general manager, he promoted Pridham to assistant general manager on May 23, 2018. He handles matters like salary cap analysis, collective bargaining agreement interpretation for the team, and contract negotiations.
Brandon is the contender with the highest probability, as team president Brendan Shanahan repeatedly mentions his name. He accepted that Pridham is the personnel he will be leaning heavily on at the moment.
Moreover, Shanahan gave a hint stating having an experienced general manager would be an attractive quality.
On a personal front, Pridham lives in Stouffville, Ontario, with his better half, Sue. The couple has two children, Olivia and Jack.
Hardi joined the Toronto-based NHL franchise on June 26, 2021. The Leafs owner announced the new recruitment as the senior director of minor league operations.
Besides, the Madison native was assigned to serve as the general manager of the American Hockey League affiliate of the team, the Toronto Marlies. He previously held the position in Chicago Steel starting from the 2018-2019 season of the USHL.
Moreover, the 37-year-old became the GM of the Year for the league based on votes from his peers. Recently in the 2022-2023 season, the Leafs promoted him to assistant general manager.
Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser
Apart from holding the potential to be the 18th GM of the team, Hayley Wickenheiser handles the player development department.
Wickenheiser herself is a former ice hockey player. Starting as a minor hockey player in 1993, she became Canada's National Women's Team member at age 15 the following year.
The Canadian player became the first woman to play in professional men's hockey. She played with the HC Salamat in 2003. Over the season, she played 23 games with two goals and ten assists.
In 2017, she announced her retirement from the rink to pursue education in the medical field. Now, she introduces herself as a resident physician.
Speaking about her career in the NHL, the Leafs acquired her as the assistant director of the player development department on August 23, 2018. Later in 2021, she was upgraded to the senior director.
The club's young athletes insist that her strong communication and detailed approach helped them advance their playing careers. That portrays her capability to understand what is better for the Leafs and what people expect from the team.
Shaunavon native became the assistant general manager of the club in July 2022.
The author of "Gold Medal Diary-Inside the World's Greatest Sports Event" resides in Calgary with her adopted son Noah. Both her parents, Tom and Marilyn Wickenheiser, are physical education teachers.
Another potential contender for the post is Darryl Metcalf. Metcalf has been with the team since 2014.
The Canadian personnel joined the Leafs as an analyst of the hockey and Research development department in September 2014. After a year and eleven months, Metcalf was promoted as the department's director.
It has been around seven years since Darryl has been sincerely handling his responsibility as the director.
Regarding his educational qualifications, Darryl enrolled at Queen's University in 2005. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 2009.
Shortly, he began his professional career as a consultant and sales team leader in the Yfactor company. By the time he left the firm for the Leafs, he was serving as a senior consultant.
Besides the in-house contenders, there are a few more possible aspirants for the post. And they are Brad Treliving, Eric Tulsky, Mathieu Darche, Jamie Pushor, Scoot Nichol, and Mark Hunter.
One of the contenders, Jason Spezza, resigned from his role recently.