After a week of talks, the Toronto Maple Leafs named Kyle Dubas their Assistant General Manager on Tuesday, marking an end to his time as General Manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Hired in 2011, Dubas spent three seasons with the Greyhounds and led them to a 109-76-7-12 record under his watch. The team made the playoffs each of the past two seasons and captured the West Division title this year for the first time since 2007/08. Dubas was also responsible for giving Sheldon Keefe an opportunity to coach at the OHL level.
Dubas has risen quickly through the ranks of the professional hockey world, from being the NHL’s youngest certified agent to becoming the second-youngest General Manager of an OHL franchise. He has also found himself in hot water from time-to-time, specifically dating back to his use of social media when he initially took the Greyhounds job. Above all that though, Dubas values preparation and the use of analytics in hockey, making him an interesting selection for the Leafs and another step towards what could be the future of the game.
The move comes just over a year after Dubas and the ‘Hounds agreed to a two-year contract extension. Dubas will be a part of the Greyhounds’ search for a new General Manager, as well as easing the transition period between GMs.
Dubas joins Steve Spott (former Kitchener Rangers Head Coach/General Manager) as graduates of the Ontario Hockey League to be hired by the Leafs this off-season.
Bryan Thiel is a freelance broadcaster who’s covered the OHL from rink side and the broadcast booth. He’s also filed feature reports on the OHL for the past three seasons. You can follow him on Twitter at BryanThiel_88.