The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that David Nonis has been named to the role of Senior Vice-President and General Manager, effective immediately. Nonis becomes the 14th General Manager in franchise history, having previously served as Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations since joining the club December 6, 2008. Brian Burke has been relieved of his duties as President and General Manager, but will stay on in a Senior Advisory role to MLSE President and C.O.O. Tom Anselmi and the MLSE Board of Directors.
“I’ve worked closely with our Board to evaluate the long-term direction of the Leafs, and as a result of this assessment we have decided to make these leadership changes,” said Anselmi.
“We are grateful to have such a deep and talented hockey operations department to allow us to make such significant changes seamlessly. We believe in Dave and the team and their abilities to lead the Maple Leafs out of this lockout and into the upcoming season.
“Brian will not have direct authority over hockey operations, however this new role will allow our Board and I to continue to benefit from his hockey expertise. We want to thank Brian for accepting his new role and staying on with our organization.”
Burke became the 13th general manager in Leafs franchise history on November 29, 2008.
In his role as senior vice-president of hockey operations, Nonis served as the general manager of the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Maple Leafs. Nonis also recently served as the general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, the British Columbia native was the senior advisor of hockey operations with the Anaheim Ducks. Nonis began his hockey management career in 1990 with the Vancouver Canucks following a standout hockey career at the University of Maine that saw him captain the team to back-to-back NCAA championship tournaments. While with the Canucks he served in a number of roles before joining the National Hockey League as the League’s manager of hockey operations in 1994. He returned to the Canucks in 1998 as the senior vice president, director of hockey operations where directed all areas of the team’s hockey operations department. On May 6, 2004 he was named the ninth and the youngest general manager of the club.
While general manager of the Canucks, Nonis’ teams compiled a record of 130 wins, 91 losses, and 25 ties.