Ray Shero

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Ray Shero
Born (1962-07-28) July 28, 1962 (age 51)
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Played for St. Lawrence University
NHL Draft 216th overall, 1982
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1980–1985

Rejean "Ray" Shero (born July 28, 1962) is the current general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was hired on May 25, 2006, replacing Craig Patrick. He is the son of former Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers coach Fred Shero.

Hockey career[edit]

Shero played his college hockey for the St. Lawrence University Skating Saints, captaining the team from 1983–85. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1982, but never played in the NHL.

GM career[edit]

Before joining the Penguins in 2006, Shero was an assistant GM first for the Ottawa Senators from 1993–98 and then for the Nashville Predators from their entrance into the league in 1998 until 2006.

Penguins 2006–present[edit]

In his first season on the job with the Penguins, Shero made a small splash in the free agent market, signing forwards Mark Recchi and Jarkko Ruutu, along with defenseman Mark Eaton. In addition to these moves, he traded for forwards Nils Ekman and Dominic Moore, after drafting center Jordan Staal with the second overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. This choice paid immediate dividends, as Staal would score 29 goals and 42 points in his rookie year with fellow rookie Evgeni Malkin.

At the trading deadline of the 2006–07 NHL season, Shero swung two major trades, sending Noah Welch to the Florida Panthers for veteran Gary Roberts, and sending Daniel Carcillo and a draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for enforcer Georges Laraque.

Shero made several tweaks to his club during the next offseason, signing defenceman Darryl Sydor, forwards Petr Sýkora and Jeff Taffe, and backup goaltender Dany Sabourin. Shero also took several steps to ensure that his nucleus of talent remained in Pittsburgh by re-signing defenceman Ryan Whitney to a six year, $24 million contract extension, and re-signing center and captain Sidney Crosby to a five year, $43.5 million extension.

On July 16, 2007, Shero announced that he had re-signed head coach Michel Therrien to a one year extension through the 2008–09 NHL season.

The trading deadline of the 2007–08 NHL season brought two other major trades for Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins, sending Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito, and a future draft pick for the Atlanta Thrashers' Marián Hossa and Pascal Dupuis, as well as bringing the Toronto Maple Leafs' defensemen Hal Gill to his team for two future draft picks.


References[edit]

Preceded by
Craig Patrick
General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
2006–present
Incumbent