Reid new GM
The Peterborough Petes are turning to their alumni to lead them into the future with the hiring of Dave Reid as general manager.
Sources tell The Examiner that Reid, a veteran of 1,079 NHL regular season and playoff games and two Stanley Cup championships, will be officially introduced as the new GM, likely at a press conference later this week, once a contract is finalized.
The main terms of the contract, a four-year deal, have been agreed upon and completion of the deal is expected to be a formality, according to sources.
Petes’ president Ken Jackman told the club’s
The Examiner executive is not, yet, ready to make an announcement.
“I’m not in a position to confirm or deny anything,” Jackman said. “There is a process ongoing.” When contacted by
Reid said: “Any inquiries on the GM’s position should go through Ken Jackman.” Sources tell that
The Examiner Reid was one of six candidates interviewed for the GM’s post which became open March 30 when Jeff Twohey was relieved of his duties after 17 years as GM and 29 years with the organization.
Others interviewed for the position include Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame member and Montreal Canadiens’ pro scout Doug Gibson, and Petes’ assistant coach Joe Cirella.
OHL Central Scouting director Rob Kitamura, Petes’ transitional manager of player personnel Mike Oke and Peterborough native Shannon McNevan, who manages two professional hockey teams in Germany, were also interviewed.
The Petes received far more resumes interested in coaching positions than the GM’s title.
Reid’s first order of business will be to hire a coaching staff. It is believed retired NHL goalie Ron Tugnutt has been guaranteed an assistant coaching role by Reid. The contracts of current head coach Ken McRae and assistants Ryan Barnes and Cirella expire at the end of June. Their fate is to be determined by the new GM, Jackman said at the time of Twohey’s release.
While he does not have experience as a GM or working within the OHL, Reid, who turns 46 on May 15, is respected within the hockey world for his knowledge of the game.
He carved out a 17-year NHL career as a hard-working, intelligent, defensive forward and was a key contributor to Stanley Cup victories with the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche.
He has worked as a hockey analyst at The NHL Network and TSN since his retirement as a player in 2001. Reid was scheduled to leave on Wednesday to work as colour commentator on TSN’s coverage of the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Germany. Reid is attempting to change those plans in the wake of his hiring.
He told The Examiner last month his work ethic and knowledge of the game would help him overcome his lack of on-the-job training.
“I’m not afraid of the fact I’m inexperienced,” Reid said, three weeks ago. “I played with Patrick Roy. He had zero experience. I don’t think Bob Boughner and Warren Rychel’s experience was very much, either, when they got into it. The Hunter brothers, where had they coached beforehand? They’ve all been pretty successful and they were all very good hockey players.”
All three examples Reid points to have won Memorial Cups as coaches or managers.
Reid played for the Petes from 1981-84 before joining the Boston Bruins who drafted him in the third round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.
He also played three years with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Reid, a Toronto native, resides in Ennismore with his wife Kathy and their teenaged children Jessica and Alec.
He turned down an assistant coaching job with the Avalanche soon after his retirement because of his desire to keep his family in Ennismore where his wife was raised. Reid coached in and served as president of the Ennismore Minor Hockey Association for several years following his retirement.
He also coached two years in the Peterborough Minor Hockey Council’s AAA Minor Petes’ program.