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.
It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.
— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players