LA Kings Name Mike Futa Assistant General Manager
Futa begins 11th season with club in new role after serving as VP of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnelby LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com
The LA Kings named Mike Futa as the club's Assistant General Manager, it was announced by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.
Futa most recently served as Kings Vice President, Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel. This upcoming season will be Futa's 11th season with the Kings.
"Mike has made tremendous contributions to our hockey club over the years and he will be one of several people we are going to internally lean on," Blake said. "He and his department have enjoyed success here both with the NHL Draft and the Ontario Hockey League in particular, and we look forward to additional success in the immediate future."
Futa recently concluded his 10th full season with the Kings, and third in his most recent position. He was named VP of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel in May of 2014 after serving as Director of Amateur Scouting, a position he assumed on June 5, 2007, when he originally joined the Kings.
Futa came to the Kings when he was appointed Co-Director of Amateur Scouting along with Mark Yannetti. Together, Futa and Yannetti rebuilt and retooled the entire Kings Amateur Scouting staff.
Futa came to the Kings after five successful seasons as General Manager of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he was named OHL Executive of the Year in 2005. Futa also served as Director of Team Ontario's Under-17 program for three seasons.
Prior to his time with the Attack, Futa served as both an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Oshawa Generals (OHL) for two seasons (1999-01). The native of Toronto also served first as an Assistant Coach and then as a Head Coach of Toronto St. Michael's Majors (OHL) from 1997-00. Prior to that, he served as Head Coach and General Manager of the St. Michael's Buzzers (Provincial Junior "A").
Before turning to the coaching ranks, Futa played four seasons of professional hockey in Europe (two seasons in Germany and two seasons in Denmark). The former left wing also captained his team at York University, where he was also honored as the student who best combined academics and athletics at the school during his senior season.