Wild Hire New General Manager Paul Fenton

New Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton Photo: Minnesota Wild
New Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton

May 21, 2018 04:32 PM

The Minnesota Wild have hired longtime Nashville Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton to take over as the Wild's General Manager and Alternate Governor.

Fenton was in Nashville for 20 years, which included part of current Wild owner Craig Leipold's time as owner of the Predators. Fenton was the assistant GM for the last 12 years after signing on as the team's first Director of Player Personnel in their first eight years of existence.

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The Wild announced the move in a press release on Tuesday.  

"It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Paul Fenton as the General Manager of the Minnesota Wild,"  Leipold said in the team's release. "Paul is uniquely suited for this job having played 10 years of professional hockey and holding 25 years of management experience in the NHL. His gift of evaluating talent is obvious in Nashville's roster and recent success. My relationship with Paul goes back to my early days in Nashville and I know that Wild hockey fans are going to love Paul's infectious passion for the game and unsurpassed work ethic. He's the right person to deliver a Stanley Cup to the State of Hockey."

Prior to joining the Predators, Fenton ran the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League as their general manager. He also served in the Anaheim Ducks scouting department.

The 58-year-old is a native of Springfield, Massachusets, and played 411 National Hockey League games over eight seasons with the Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks.  He scored 100 goals over his career, with a high of 32 in the 1989-90 season in Winnpeg.

He played college hockey at Boston University.

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