The Winnipeg Jets announced Thursday they've named Larry Simmons as assistant general manager.
Simmons spent the 2011-12 season with the Jets as the assistant to the general manager, assisting GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and senior vice president and director of hockey operations/assistant GM Craig Heisinger in various capacities. Simmons remains with the franchise after spending 12 seasons with the team as the Atlanta Thrashers.
Simmons held the position of vice president/assistant GM with the Thrashers beginning in 2004, and continued in this capacity until the team's relocation to Winnipeg in 2011. Simmons, who joined the franchise before it began play in 1999, held various roles within the hockey operations department prior to 2004.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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