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.
He's a strong kid. He's a competitive kid, and certainly not afraid to go into the corners. He's got the skating ability to escape and help us execute in certain situations, but he's got that competitive nature that's a huge part of it too, especially against a team like this.
— Wild coach Mike Yeo on defenseman Matt Dumba, who used a hard slap shot to score his first career playoff goal in Game 1 win vs. Blues