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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Chuck Fletcher as Assistant General Manager, it was announced Friday by General Manager Ray Shero. 

In addition, Shero announced that Ed Johnston will remain with the organization as Senior Advisor/Hockey Operations.

Fletcher, 39, has 13 years of NHL management with Florida and Anaheim – serving as Assistant General Manager, Director of Hockey Operations and Interim General Manager during that time.  He has been heavily involved in player development and scouting while also handling contract negotiations, day-to-day hockey operations and other administrative duties.

In his new post with the Penguins, Fletcher will work closely with Shero on all hockey-related matters, including scouting, overseeing the development of young prospects and contract negotiations.  He also will be involved with the club’s top minor league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Fletcher is the son of longtime NHL executive and Hall of Famer Cliff Fletcher, who led the Calgary Flames to the Stanley Cup as their General Manager in 1989.

“Chuck grew up in hockey and has gained a tremendous amount of NHL management experience at a young age,” Shero said.  “He will bring a fresh, dynamic perspective to our organization, and I look forward to working closely with him to build the Penguins into a championship team.”

A 1990 Harvard University graduate, where he played college hockey, Fletcher worked for two years as a player representative with Newport Sports Management before entering hockey management with the Florida Panthers in 1993.  He served as Assistant General Manager for seven-plus seasons before being named Interim General Manager on Dec. 3, 2001.  His main responsibilities with the Panthers included scouting, player development, contract negotiations and the supervision of the day-to-day hockey operations of the club.

Fletcher joined the Anaheim Ducks as Director of Hockey Operations in 2002 and was named Assistant General Manager, Hockey Operations in 2004.  Under Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke, Fletcher oversaw amateur scouting operations and the evaluation of Anaheim’s prospects, in addition to coordinating training camps and conditioning camps.

Fletcher has twice been with clubs that appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals, in 1996 with Florida and in 2003 with Anaheim.

Johnston, 70, has spent 23 years with the Penguins in a variety of roles, including General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Head Coach and Assistant Coach.

“EJ” served as Head Coach of the Penguins from 1980-83 and again from 1993-97, posting a record of 232-224-60 and leading the team to two division titles and a berth in the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals.  He is the winningest coach in franchise history and also tops the club’s list in games coached with 516.

Johnston served as General Manager of the Penguins from 1983-88 and had the distinction of drafting Mario Lemieux with the first pick in the 1984 NHL Draft.

Johnston also served as General Manager of the Hartford Whalers from 1989-92, reaching the playoffs in each season.  Additionally, Johnston coached the Chicago Blackhawks in 1979-80, going 34-27-19.  His overall NHL coaching record is 266-251-79.

Johnston played 16 seasons as a NHL goaltender with Boston, Toronto, St. Louis and Chicago, earning two Stanley Cup rings during his time with the Bruins.  He was the last NHL goaltender to play every minute of a season when he played all 70 games for Boston in 1963-64.

“We are delighted that EJ is going to remain with the Penguins as Senior Advisor/Hockey Operations,” Shero said.  “In addition to working directly with me, he also will work with Chuck and our scouting staff and our coaching staff on a number of assignments.  With his knowledge and experience, he will continue to be a tremendous asset for our organization.”




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