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Three-time Stanley Cup champion
Jim Rutherford is in his sixth season
as the executive vice president and
general manager of Penguins.
Highly-regarded by his peers as
one of the top executives in the NHL,
Rutherford’s accomplishments have led
to him being inducted into the Hockey
Hall of Fame in the builders’ category
as a member of the Class of 2019.
Rutherford’s tenure with the Penguins
has included back-to-back Stanley Cup
championships in 2016 and ’17, five playoff
appearances and the third-most wins (regular
season and playoffs) among all NHL clubs in
that span entering the 2019-20 campaign.
Pittsburgh’s six-game defeat of the
Nashville Predators in the 2017 Stanley
Cup Final not only made the Penguins
the NHL’s first repeat champion since
1998, but it allowed Rutherford to become
just the seventh GM since the 1967 NHL
Expansion to win three Stanley Cups. One
year earlier, Rutherford became the first
GM since ‘67 to manage multiple teams
to Cup victories, having also done so
with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
During the course of the 2015-16 campaign,
Rutherford transformed the Penguins into
Stanley Cup champions, thanks in large
part to his acquisitions of Phil Kessel,
Nick Bonino, Trevor Daley and Carl Hagelin,
plus the promotion of Mike Sullivan to
head coach in December of 2015.
As a reward for his quick, on-the-fly
re-shaping of the Penguins’ roster,
Rutherford won the NHL General Manager
of the Year Award for his work in ’15-16.
Pittsburgh’s roster didn’t require as much
tinkering in 2016-17, but Rutherford once
again added key pieces at the right time,
including bolstering his defense by trading
for veteran Ron Hainsey near the deadline.
Rutherford spent 20 years as GM of the
Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers
franchise from 1994-2014, where he was
a key architect of the Hurricanes’ 2006
Stanley Cup championship squad and
their 2002 Stanley Cup finalist team.
In addition to his GM duties, he also
served 20 years as president of Carolina/
Hartford, taking the post in 1994. In
his role as president/GM, Rutherford
oversaw operations on both the hockey
and business sides of the organization.
Over the course of his career, Rutherford
has won multiple awards, including The
Hockey News‘ Executive of the Year in 2002
and ’06. Additionally, he was voted by his
NHL general management peers as Sporting
News ‘Executive of the Year’ in 2006.
At the junior hockey level, Rutherford
was recognized as the 1987 Canadian
Hockey League (CHL) Executive of the
Year, and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Executive of the Year in back-to-back
years with the Windsor Spitfires in 1987
and ’88. He oversaw a Spitfires team that
won the OHL championship in 1988 and
earned a berth in the Memorial Cup.
Rutherford played 13 years as a
goaltender in the NHL, appearing in 457
career games with Pittsburgh, Toronto,
Los Angeles and Detroit. He was selected
by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round
(10th overall) of the 1969 NHL Draft.
Jason Karmanos is in his third season as
the Penguins’ assistant general manager
after spending his first three seasons as the
team’s vice president of hockey operations.
As assistant GM, Karmanos continues to be
involved in all facets of hockey operations
decision-making, and he also oversees
the Penguins’ amateur scouting staff. He
played a vital role in helping the Penguins
swing the complex three-team trade to
acquire Derick Brassard on Feb. 23, 2018.
A three-time Stanley Cup champion,
Karmanos helped build the Carolina
Hurricanes’ 2006 championship club
in addition to his consecutive titles
in Pittsburgh in 2016 and ‘17.
Karmanos spent 15 years as an executive
with Carolina from 1998-2013, serving
various roles including vice president/
assistant general manager under Jim
Rutherford. In addition to winning a Cup in
2006, Karmanos helped build the Hurricanes
squad that was a Cup finalist in 2002.
Karmanos played four years of college
hockey at Harvard University from 1992-96,
where he earned a Bachelor of Arts
degree with honors. In 1994, Karmanos
represented Team USA at the World
Junior Championships. After graduating,
Karmanos attended training camp with
the Penguins in 1996 and played pro
hockey for two seasons before his career
was cut short due to an eye injury.
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