(June 23, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that Jeff Jackson has been named to the position of Director of Hockey Administration and Dave Morrison has been promoted to the role of Director of Amateur Scouting.
Jackson's responsibilities will include; collective bargaining related duties, various contract negotiations, and salary arbitration and cap management.
"We are very pleased to have Jeff join our front office team," said Ferguson. "Along with Jeff's experience as a player in the National Hockey League, his knowledge of the business side of the game will be a great asset to our team. We look forward to reaping the benefits of Jeff's knowledge of the hockey industry."
Jackson, 41, was a second-round draft choice, 28th overall by the Maple Leafs, in the 1983 NHL Draft. The native of Dresden, Ontario played in 77 games for Toronto and recorded nine goals and 10 assists with 90 penalty minutes from 1984 to 1987. In 263 career NHL games spent with the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Nordiques and Blackhawks, he scored 38 goals and added 48 assists for 86 points. He retired from the NHL after playing in the Chicago Blackhawks organization in 1991-92.
Since 1998, Jackson has practiced with the law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto. Serving as legal counsel, he acted for a number of companies, performers and athletes in the entertainment and sports industries negotiating sponsorship, licensing, production, publishing, rights acquisitions, distribution, marketing and advertising agreements on their behalf. He has represented a number of National Hockey League teams in the preparation of salary arbitration cases.
Morrison, 44, joined the Maple Leafs organization on September 10, 2004 as an amateur scout. He will now be responsible for supervising and directing all Maple Leafs amateur scouting activities for the Maple Leafs' scouting staff.
"Dave has done an exceptional job in our scouting department since joining our staff a couple of years ago," stated Ferguson. "He has proven to be a good judge of talent and we have the confidence in him to lead our scouting operation."
He previously held the position of amateur scout with the Vancouver Canucks for parts of five seasons from 1999-2000 to 2003-04 covering eligible amateur players around the globe.
The native of Toronto, Ontario was originally the 34th overall pick in the 1980 NHL Draft of the Los Angeles Kings and he played 39 career NHL games for Los Angeles and Vancouver collecting six points (three goals, three assists) with four penalty minutes. He also played 206 career American Hockey League games collecting 126 points (58 goals, 68 assists) with 141 penalty minutes.
After the 1984-85 season, Morrison spent the next 13 seasons playing hockey in Europe for teams such as Berlin and Kassel of the German Elite League as well as Manchester of the British Super League.
Morrison's playing experience also includes playing for Canada at two Spengler Cup Tournaments and the 1982 gold medal winning world junior national team.