July 24, 1959 |
|Occupation||assistant director for amateur scouting, Pittsburgh Penguins|
Randy Sexton (born July 24, 1959) is a Canadian ice hockey executive, businessman and former athlete. He is currently assistant director of amateur scouting for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He most recently was the general manager of the Florida Panthers of the NHL. He was one of the founders of the Ottawa Senators NHL club in Ottawa, Ontario. He later became the Senators' second general manager.
Born in Brockville, Ontario, Randy Sexton attended St. Lawrence University from 1978 until 1982 on a hockey scholarship after playing for the Cornwall Royals. He served as team captain during his final two seasons, earning awards including All-American honors, Senior Male Athlete of the Year, Most Valuable Player and the Brian P. Doyle Leadership Award. From 1983-1985 he served as an assistant coach with St. Lawrence, while also handling scouting and recruiting responsibilities. He later earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Clarkson University.
In 1989, Sexton was vice-president of Terrace Investments, a commercial development firm in Ottawa. Bruce Firestone, then president & CEO, developed the idea of reviving NHL hockey in Ottawa, adopting for the club the old Ottawa Senators name. In the original plan, their privately financed arena would anchor a new 'West Terrace' 'mini-city' land development in Kanata, Ontario on class "A" farmland. Sexton, along with Mr. Firestone and Cyril Leeder were the principal persons behind the successful drive to win a new NHL franchise in 1990.
Sexton would later be named general manager by majority owner Rod Bryden in 1993 and served until 1995. He was Ottawa's general manager at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft where he selected Alexandre Daigle. He would sign Daigle to a record-breaking salary for a rookie. The contract would lead the league to put restrictions on rookie contracts. He was fired in December 1995 due to the poor performance of the hockey club in the 1995–96 season.
He then turned to sports marketing with the firm Capital Sports Management, which provided strategic advice to the Senators. When the Senators built the Bell Sensplex ice rink facility in 2004, Mr. Sexton was named Executive director.
On January 27, 2007, Sexton was hired as the assistant general manager of the Florida Panthers, serving under then-General Manager Jacques Martin, the former head coach of the Ottawa Senators. His responsibilities included overseeing scouting operations, player development, hockey administration and contract negotiations. Sexton was appointed Panthers General Manager on October 2, 2009, after Jacques Martin resigned to become the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
Sexton was replaced by former Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon after a disappointing 2009–10 season. On July 3, 2010, Sexton was hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to be the Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting.
References and notes
- "Florida Panthers - Team". Florida Panthers. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- Brodie, Rob (June 6, 2012). "Sens' founders together again in Sports Hall of Fame". Ottawa Senators. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
|General Manager of the Ottawa Senators
|General Manager of the Florida Panthers