Kent Hughes Appointed New Canadiens GM

By Ben Hamill - January 22 2022

Kent Hughes Appointed New Canadiens GMThe Montreal Canadiens have appointed a new General Manager in an effort to shake things up and hopefully turn their struggling ship around. The team announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to a 5-year contract with former player agent Kent Hughes.

Hughes is 51 and a bilingual native of Montreal.

He previously worked as a player agent and business partner of Quebec’s Quartexx Management. He had been with the company since 2016.

About Kent Hughes

Prior to joining the NHL team, Hughes represented several top NHL players. They include leading names in the sport – Kristopher Letang, Darnell Nurse, Patrice Bergeron, and Anthony Beauvillier.

Before his time at Quartexx Management, Hughes had been working for MFive Sports. The latter later merged with Quartexx.

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His appointment as GM to the Canadiens means he replaces Gavin Bergevin. The former GM was given the boot on Nov. 28. The major executive shakeup followed the team’s forgettable start to the 2021-22 season.

Hughes’ joining the team is exciting for everybody, said team owner Geoff Molson on Tuesday. Having earned a fantastic reputation as a respected player agent for over 25 years, Hughes is very much looked up to in the world of NHL hockey, he explained.

A New Approach For Management

Hughes is expected to work closely together with executive VP of hockey operations, Jeff Gorton. The latter joined the Canadiens shortly after Bergevin’s departure.

Molson previously said how the role of GM ties in closely with front office hockey operations. He said the two roles should be complementary to one another.

Gorton, too, commented on the newest appointment on Tuesday. He said the procurement process for identifying a new General Manager had created an opportunity for management to meet with several top-quality and highly qualified people. Even so, Hughes towered above the rest, which led the team to believe that he would indeed be the right person to lead the Canadiens forward, he explained.

Even Hughes’ immense experience as an agent will be of tremendous value to the franchise, he added.

Hit Rock Bottom

The Canadiens have really struggled to get the new season underway. Their woes have included 24 players and two coaches into isolation at the height of the action. And the misery continued on Tuesday when both Joel Armia and Cole Caufield were placed in the NHL’s health and safety protocol ahead of their game against the Stars.

For Caufield, it had been a terrible start of season altogether. After winning the Hobey Baker Award as the top US player in college hockey, he managed to score only a single goal since joining Montreal.