Craig Billington begins his 17th year with the Avalanche's front office and his sixth as Assistant General Manager. He also serves as General Manager of the Avalanche's American Hockey League affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, who will make their AHL debut this season.
Billington has played a key role in the Avalanche's partnership with the Eagles, as he oversaw the club's ECHL affiliation agreement in 2016 and then assisted in their succesful bid to become an AHL expansion franchise a year later.
Billington's duties also include overseeing the team's rookie camp each year. In 2016, the Avalanche hosted the inaugural Rookie Showcase, a three-day tournament that included the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks at the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster, Colorado.
Prior to assuming this current role, Billington, 52, most recently held the title of Vice President of Player Development/Minor League Operations. The London, Ontario native started as the club's goaltending consultant before being named Director of Player Development. He added the title of vice president in the summer of 2008 and was named to his current role on June 24, 2013.
The former netminder enjoyed a 15-year playing career in the NHL, compiling a 110-149-31 record in 332 appearances. He spent three years with the Avalanche from 1996-97 to 1998-99, where he still ranks fourth in franchise history in career goals-against average (2.61) and fifth in save percentage (.910).
New Jersey's second-round pick (23rd overall) in the 1984 Entry Draft, Billington began his NHL career with the Devils before joining the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Avalanche and Washington Capitals. He was selected to play in the 1993 NHL All-Star Game. Prior to his professional career, Billington backstopped Team Canada to the gold medal at the 1985 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland.
Craig resides in Denver with his family.