After widespread media speculation on Tuesday, Kevin Cheveldayoff has officially been hired as the general manager of Winnipeg’s unnamed NHL franchise.
True North Sports and Entertainment made the announcement Wednesday afternoon during a news conference.
Cheveldayoff was previously the assistant GM with the Chicago Blackhawks for the last two years. During his career, he led the Chicago Wolves (AHL) to win two Turner Cups and two Calder Cups while holding the position of GM for 12 seasons.
The 41-year-old Saskatchewan native will have some busy weeks ahead of him. The NHL Draft is on June 24 and 25, where Winnipeg will select No. 7 overall before the free agency period begins on July 1.
“I’m going to work hard with my staff to make sure this is the best organization for people to play with,” Cheveldayoff said.
Craig Heisinger was named senior vice-president and director, hockey operations and assistant general manager. Heisinger was previously the GM of the Manitoba Moose.