Canadiens hire legendary NHL agent Kent Hughes as general manager

On Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens chose Kent Hughes, a long-time NHL agent, as their new general manager. Hughes, 51, has worked as an agent for over 25 years, representing players such as Patrice Bergeron, Kris Letang, and Darnell Nurse.

Hughes had an interview with the Canadiens last Monday, according to sources, and spoke with Geoff Molson, the team’s chief executive officer, and co-owner, on Saturday.

Hughes negotiated his deal with the Canadiens long into Monday night after opting to change careers, and the team revealed his decision on Tuesday.

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Kent Hughes As Canadiens New General Manager

Kent Hughes
Kent Hughes

Hughes fills the gap left by Marc Bergevin’s dismissal in November. He’ll be supervising Montreal’s hockey operations with senior vice president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton.

“Kent stood out, and we believe he is the right person to be the general manager of the Canadiens. We also believe that Kent’s experience as an agent will be a great asset to the organization,” Gorton said in a news release.

A Montreal native who grew up in Beaconsfield, Que., Hughes is the 18th GM of the Canadiens. He has been an agent for Quebec-based Quartexx Management since 2016 and represented more than 20 players at the time of his hiring by the Canadiens, the team said.

Hughes is bilingual, which Molson previously said was a qualification for the job.

Hughes will be introduced as GM at a news conference on Wednesday.

 

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