Kyle Dubas & Bren­dan Shana­han

GEN­ERAL MAN­AGER & PRES­I­DENT, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

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what’s more stress­ful than lead­ing the Leafs when they’re ter­ri­ble? Do­ing it when they’re good. That priv­i­lege falls to Shana­han and Dubas, his 32-year-old rookie GM, who have given a few mil­lion hockey ob­ses­sives rea­son to live again. This sum­mer, with the team look­ing like a Stan­ley Cup maybe, they signed John Tavares to a gigantic seven-year, $77-mil­lion (U.S.) con­tract, giv­ing the team three all-star snipers. They’re chang­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion in other ways, too: Dubas hired Hay­ley Wick­en­heiser, for­mer cap­tain of Team Canada, as as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of player de­vel­op­ment, and af­ter in­sti­tut­ing a “name-blind” hir­ing pol­icy, brought on Noelle Need­ham, a for­mer player from Min­nesota State, as a scout. up next: Flair. Dubas’s pre­de­ces­sor, Lou Lamor­iello, was known for his cul­tural strait­jacket ap­proach— no beards, no flash and no in­ter­views be­yond the daily beat re­porter hits—but Dubas be­lieves that a player per­forms best when he can ex­press him­self. Hence, a GQ spread fea­tur­ing Aus­ton Matthews in Septem­ber, and Mitch Marner rock­ing a cam­ou­flage suit with leop­ard-print shoes dur­ing the pre-sea­son.

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