The Toronto Maple Leafs are mourning the loss of Jim Gregory, NHL executive and former Maple Leafs general manager. Gregory passed away this morning at the age of 83.
"The Toronto Maple Leafs are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Gregory. Jim was one of the great gentlemen of hockey. He was a friend to so many within the game - the Leafs, the League, the Hall of Fame and beyond. His friendships and contributions to hockey were so deeply rooted. He was a living, breathing piece of hockey history. He will be greatly missed," said Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan.
Gregory coached the Maple Leafs minor league affiliate in Vancouver in 1967-68 before joining the front office as a scout in 1968. He was promoted to general manager in 1969, a position he held for 10 seasons. He then joined the National Hockey League, where he would work in various roles over the course of four decades, most recently as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Gregory was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 2007 and was named to the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2015.