Reid new GM

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Staff Writer


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

The Ex­am­iner,

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.

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