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New York Rangers restructure front office, name Jim Schoenfeld assistant GM

Monday, 07.23.2007 / 3:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NEW YORK (CP) - The New York Rangers restructured their front office Monday, promoting Jim Schoenfeld and Cameron Hope to key positions.

Schoenfeld was named assistant general manager, player personnel, while Hope was named assistant general manager, hockey administration.

The moves helped fill the void left by former assistant GM Don Maloney, who left to become GM in Phoenix. Schoenfeld was coach and GM of the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford the past four seasons and he will keep the AHL GM duties in addition to his promotion.

"Jim has done a great job developing our young talent and prospects," Rangers GM Glen Sather said in a statement. "Our organizational philosophy is to build within, and Jim's keen eye for talent at every level has proven successful in building our organization."

Hope enters his fourth season with the Rangers. His former title was vice-president, hockey administration, research and development. He will be the team's salary cap specialist and assist in all contract work.

Also promoted Monday was Gordie Clark, who goes from head amateur scout to director, player personnel.

Jim Hammett replaces Clark as head amateur scout, coming over from Hockey Canada in Calgary where he served as head scout of Canada's men's programs over the last year - overseeing the under-20, under-18 and under-17 programs.

Ken Gernander was named head coach of the AHL team in Hartford, replacing Schoenfeld.

The team also promoted longtime PR man John Rosasco to vice-president, public relations and player recruitment.

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