Jason Karmanos has been named Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.
Karmanos, 40, will assist Rutherford in all aspects of hockey operations. He spent 15 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes from 1998-2013, working with Rutherford in varying roles as vice president/assistant general manager and executive director of hockey operations. He earned a Stanley Cup ring in 2006.
The Detroit native joins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill and Assistant General Managers Tom Fitzgerald and Bill Guerin on the Penguins’ management team.
“I’ve worked with Jason for many years, know him well and know he can make great contributions to our hockey operations department,” Rutherford said. “His first priority here will be to re-shape our analytics so that we have all the tools available in our decision-making process throughout the season.”
Karmanos played college hockey at Harvard and attended the Penguins’ training camp in 1996. He skated for the Raleigh Ice Caps of the ECHL in 1996-97 but had his career cut short by an eye injury.
Jason and his wife, Christy, have four daughters – Ella, Kayla, Anna and Lila. They will be relocating to Pittsburgh.