My first thoughts on the newly crowned Winnipeg GM? Is this some European Bloc relative of former Jets' netminder Tim Cheveldae? Is this in fact Tim Cheveldae, under an altered alias; working his way into the ranks of NHL upper management?
As it turns out, no.
Kevin Cheveldayoff was announced as the J__s GM on Wednesday afternoon, marking the beginning of the non-Ferguson managed NHL hockey era in Winnipeg.
Cheveldayoff comes to Winnipeg following a two-year stint as theassistant general manager, and proud wearer of a Stanley Cup ring. Preceding the Hawks' job he was the GM of the IHL/AHL Chicago Wolves for 12 years (where the Wolves won four championships). This guy knows winning (not that kind of #winning).
Good news for the J__s? I'm thinking yup.
TNSE (True North Sports & Entertainment) got their guy (no offence Mr. Dudley) and now they can get on to other business (like a name perhaps).
First up for the new GM, solidify the J__s coaching situation. Craig Ramsay is likely out (he's got a year left on his contract) and the rumour mill suggests Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel as the frontrunner. After that, it's off to the draft on June 24.
Mr. Cheveldayoff, a number 7 draft selection is no laughing matter (although I'll likely make jokes about it on Twitter). Please don't find a way to redraft Jimmy Mann.
Go J__s go.
PS: According to his Wikipedia page, Tim Cheveldae is now a firefighter.