RELEASE: Devils Name Fitzgerald EVP/General Manager
The New Jersey Devils have announced Tom Fitzgerald will now serve in the role of Executive Vice President and General Manager
New Jersey Devils PR
The New Jersey Devils today named Tom Fitzgerald to the position of Executive Vice President/General Manager, having previously served in the interim position since January 12. The announcement was made by Devils' Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer.
"When Tom took over the role of GM in January, we were committed to moving the organization in a new direction. Having gone through the process of interviewing various candidates, including Tom, and reviewing his work in the interim, we feel that he is the best fit for the New Jersey Devils moving forward. Our decision was solidified by his ability to stabilize the organization, get solid returns at the trade deadline, make impressive plans for player development and hire a new coach in Lindy Ruff. We are very optimistic about our future and know we have great deal of talent, both on and off the ice. Together, we are excited to start a new chapter and are committed to becoming a consistent contender, which our fans deserve."
Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald:
"I want to thank Josh Harris and David Blitzer for initially believing in me to serve in the General Manager's role and to formally proceed with this opportunity. I'm looking forward to continuing to put my plans into action to build the New Jersey Devils into a Stanley Cup contending team. Our focuses will include development, scouting and improving our team in any way we can. I'm extremely excited personally, for my family, for the organization and for the fans- we have great, young building blocks that will take the next step and be cornerstones for this franchise for the long-term."
Fitzgerald, 51, took over as interim General Manager on January 12, 2020. He successfully served in that role running the team's hockey operations department, trade deadline and coaching search. He retired as an NHL player following the 2005-06 season and began his post-playing career in 2007-08 when he joined Pittsburgh's staff as the Director of Player Development. He was named Assistant Coach on February 15, 2009, where he was instrumental in helping the Penguins win the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship. In the summer of 2009, he was promoted to the position of Assistant to the General Manager, where he served for five years. He was promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager of the Penguins on June 6, 2014. He became New Jersey's Assistant General Manager on July 24, 2015.
A forward, Fitzgerald's professional playing career spanned 17 seasons in both the AHL and NHL. He posted 139 goals and 190 assists for 329 points and 776 penalty minutes in 1,097 career NHL appearances with the NY Islanders, Florida, Colorado, Nashville, Chicago, Toronto and Boston. Fitzgerald added 7g-12a-19pts and 90 PIM in 78 career playoff games, including a trip with the Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. Born August 28, 1968 in Billerica, MA, he served as Predators' team captain during each of their first four seasons in the league. Fitzgerald also saw action at the AHL level with both Springfield (1988-89 & 1989-90) and Capital District (1990-91 & 1991-92). He was selected by the Islanders in the first round, 17th overall, of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Fitzgerald represented Team USA at two World Championships (1989 & 1991), as well as the 1987 World Junior Championships. He played two seasons, 1986-87 and 1987-88, at Providence College (HE).
Tom and his wife, Kerry, have four sons: Ryan, Casey, Jack and Brendan.