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GENERAL MANAGER

What to know: After a first-ballot Hall of Fame playing career, worked his way up Carolina Hurricanes org: player development, scouting, coaching, operations in 12 years. Named GM in 2014. Drafted CAR superstar Sebastian Aho, rising scorer Martin Necas, 2021 rookie-of-year candidate/goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, others on NHL roster. Signed standout D Jaccob Slavin and D Brett Pesce to team-friendly contracts. Traded for playoffs performer Teuvo Teravainen.

Fun facts: Second all-time in NHL assists behind Wayne Gretzky, including 110 assists on goals by legendary Jaromir Jagr. Fifth all-time in scoring (549 G, 1,249 A-averaging more than a point per game) and fifth all-time games played (1,731). Scored 44 points in 45 playoff games during back-to-back Stanley Cup wins (1991, 1992) with Pittsburgh. First player to win Lady Byng and Selke in same season (1995). Led Carolina to surprise appearance in 2002 Cup Final in his 21st season. King Clancy Trophy and NHL Foundation Player Award winner (2002).

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGERS

What to know: Assistant GM to Ron Francis four years in Carolina, big part transforming player development system from lower third to top third across NHL. Driving force founding AHL franchise in Oklahoma City (2010-11) when assistant GM for the Edmonton Oilers (seven seasons). Key member management team for Team Europe 2016 World Cup, winning silver, losing 2-1 and 3-1 in tight best-of-three final vs. Canada. Kraken's lead expert on managing salary cap and NHL collective bargaining agreement.

Fun facts: Pronounced "ohl-check." Played defense four seasons Brown University NCAA D-I team, captain senior year. Captained USA Under-17 team to a silver on team with NHL Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte. Earned Cornell Law degree, worked as Associate Counsel for NHL Players' Association. Served as full-time scout for Toronto (2018-19). Competitive trail runner and dedicated vegan. Brother Eddie Olczyk lead analyst with Turner. Wrote Honors Thesis in Philosophy: Life Is Essentially Competition

What to know: Three-time Stanley Cup winner in decade working for Pittsburgh front office. Part of three-manager leadership with Kraken GM Ron Francis for 2019 silver-medalist Team Canada at World Championships. Former NHL left wing selected 20th overall in 1994 Draft as freshman at University of Michigan (scored 104 goals, 82 assists for 186 points in 150 NCAA games).

Fun facts: Born in Edmonton, but raised in Winnipeg. Only Canadian to win three straight gold medals at World Junior Championship. But higher bar for bragging rights in his family: Sister Jennifer won three straight Olympic gold medals (2010, 2006, 2002) and one silver (1998 as youngest player) for Canada's national women's team. His mom was an Olympic speed skater for Canada in the 1964 and 1968 Games. His father is a renown sports psychologist who has worked with several NHL teams and Canadian Olympians in basketball, hockey and cross-country skiing.

PLAYER PERSONNEL

What to know: Joined the Kraken from Chicago, where he was part of management brain trust for three Stanley Cups in six seasons (2010, 2013, 2015). Served two seasons as assistant coach for Boston Bruins and three seasons with AHL Springfield. Played 12 seasons as undrafted prospect (twice teammates with Ron Francis in Hartford and Pittsburgh), scoring 55 goals as a defenseman with 230 assists in 500 games.

Fun facts: Won Eddie Shore Award as Best Defensemen in AHL. 3x All-American at University of Minnesota-Duluth. Played for expansion team Ottawa Senators during its inaugural 1992-93 NHL season, scoring a career-high 17 goals and 46 assists. Traded four times in his career, including twice at the NHL Trade Deadline mid-season when he joined a new team with Ron Francis on the roster Hartford (1989) and Pittsburgh (1995). Became a top player for Minnesota-Duluth despite only two NCAA Division I schools recruiting him because he was an undersized defenseman. Played in historic four-overtime NCAA final in which Bowling Green prevailed.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

What to know: First Kraken hockey operations hire, compiling an analysis of each GM finalist's record, including her now boss Ron Francis. Worked four seasons for Minnesota Wild as hockey operations analyst. Wild hired her and Carnegie Mellon professor Andrew C. Thomas, co-founders of War-on-Ice.com. Member of hockey ops leadership making decisions to shape organization. Oversees Kraken Research & Development team of analysts and developers.

Fun facts: Named No. 4 in Sportsnet's 2021 ranking of "25 Most Powerful Women in Hockey" and No. 4 in The Athletic's 2020 ranking of "Hockey's 40 under 40" Atlanta native earned B.S. in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. As Wild analyst, she regularly "commuted" between Minneapolis and Seattle, where her husband was completing his doctorate in bioengineering at U of Washington

What to know: First professional job in 2018 with the hometown NFL Philadelphia Eagles. Made name as undergraduate at Penn's Wharton School of Business, presenting a 2017 original research paper at Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference (VanHAC) on what it means to "draft perfectly in the NHL." Comparing NFL and NHL drafts, says both "conducive to finding value late." Before joining Kraken in early 2020, regularly contributed to The Athletic and Hockey Graphs, presented papers at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, others.

Fun facts: Fell in love with hockey rooting for Flyers during 2010 Cup Final. As high schooler, "Moneyball" and "Soccernomics" books planted seeds for career path. Shared No. 22 spot with Kraken pro scout Cammi Granato in Sportsnet's 2021 ranking of "25 Most Powerful Women in Hockey."

What to know: Hired November 2019, completed master's degree December from Simon Fraser U in Burnaby, B.C., started analyzing pro players for Kraken early January 2020. Conducted and published research across several sports (basketball, football, rowing) as a student. Interned with the NBA. Part of the first-place team in Student Division of 2018 NFL Big Data Bowl for project using AWS Next Gen data to identify pass routes, then analyze routes' success rates and big-play capability. Heavily recruited, chose Kraken in large part because GM Francis was early innovator in hockey analytics (starting 2015).

Fun facts: Basketball was his sport as high school and club athlete in native Vancouver. Played "ball hockey, road hockey, but not organized hockey." His brothers both played ice hockey and his dad is a lifelong NHL fan whose favorite all-time player is ... Ron Francis.

What to know: Hired in late 2020 from a senior technical designer role at Microsoft to build a platform that allows us to visualize our team's in-depth analytical data, scouting reports and player statistics." The goal is "to create a 'one-stop shop' for staff and coaches, one that puts all the data needed to supplement decisions around drafting, trades, strategy and scouting at their fingertips."

Fun facts: Growing up in British Columbia, Mathiasen somehow looked past almost his entire family's devotion to the Vancouver Canucks to align with his cousin's admiration for the Edmonton Oilers

What to know: Joined Kraken in late October 2020 from Hellosign, a leading electronic signature company. Previously served as technical program manager, data engineering, for Dropbox. His description of "data engineer": "In a most basic sense I collect all the messy data existing in hockey about players, games, leagues, teams. I design and build software for our team to gather, organize and label the data...how a librarian organizes books, I organize hockey information into databases for our analysts to analyze."

Fun Facts: Lifelong NHL fan attended his first San Jose Sharks game at six. Growing up in East Bay, ice rink access was limited. He channeled his passion into studying the game, playing fantasy hockey and "even making good friends through the EA NHL game series."

TEAM SERVICES

What to know: Worked in similar role for Hockey Canada's Men's and Para National Teams over the past four years. 2019 World Junior Championship gold-medalist, 2020 World Junior Championship silver-medalist (in bubble environment), 2019 silver-medalist Team Canada at World Championships working with Ron Francis and Jason Botterill who were co-managers. Defenseman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he earned a B.S of Sport Management, assistant captain in senior year. Captain of Drumheller Dragons in the AJHL prior to attending UMass.

Fun facts: Started an annual charity invitational golf tournament in 2015 and is still looking to win his first title. From Calgary, Alberta and proud to bring the Stampede spirit to future country concerts at Climate Pledge Arena. Enjoys spending free time doing outdoor activities (golfing, camping, hiking, fishing, backyard games).

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANTS

What to know: Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle University. Strong background in research, data collection and statistical analysis in legal/law enforcement agencies. Worked as a legal research assistant for a forensic and clinical psychiatrist and as a research assistant for Seattle Police Department - South Precinct. Just recently, spent the last few years back in Athletics where she was the Head Varsity Volleyball Coach at Auburn Riverside High School and served as a strength coach at Vie Athletics.

Fun Facts: Went to the University of Montana on a full-ride scholarship to play four years of Division I collegiate volleyball. Wrote and defended a 100-page thesis on Crisis Invention Training. Holds Washington State record for number of kills in one volleyball game. Grew up going to Tacoma Sabercats games every Friday night with her dad. A mother to a sweet 15-month-old boy.

What to know: Sadie was serving one evening at a restaurant when CEO of the not-yet-named Seattle Kraken, Tod Leiweke, sat in her section. At the end of the evening, Tod's wife, Tara, gave Sadie Tod's business card and offered her a position as employee number 13 with the franchise in 2019. Sadie has since held numerous positions with the team as the organization has grown, including event planning and hospitality, premium sales, and most recently as an addition to Hockey Operations.

Fun facts: Sadie had never set foot in an arena when she first joined the Kraken, but since attending her very first NHL game against the Canucks and the Kings in Vancouver in 2020, she was hooked. Sadie grew up in a small town north of Seattle called Stanwood. She is the oldest of six children and enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, biking, and hiking with her dog named Riverboat.