NHL GMs by the Numbers

March 27, 2020

NHL general managers (GMs) are a special breed and the numbers prove it. Maybe the most telling thing about an NHL general manager that separates him from his counterparts in other major sports is that he has most likely played the game at the professional level. 22 (of 32) are former pro players, as opposed to eight in the NBA and only one - Jerry Dipoto - in MLB. 


The average age of an NHL GM is 54.6 years old. The oldest being Lou Lamoriello (77) of the New York Islanders; the youngest is Arizona Coyotes' John Chayka (30).


It's also interesting that 26 of the NHL's GMs are Canadian considering the vast majority of the franchises are based in the United States. And there is only one non-North-American-born manager; Jarmo Kekalainen of the Columbus Blue Jackets is Finnish.


The average tenure of an NHL GM is 5.5 years, less than both the MLB (5.6) and the NBA (6.6). David Poile, with 23 years of service as the GM of the Nashville Predators, has the longest active tenure of all GMs across The NHL, MLB and The NBA. 






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