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Preds restructure hockey ops department

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Paul Fenton
Paul Fenton
Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has promoted Director of Player Personnel Paul Fenton to Assistant General Manager and has added Michael Santos as Director of Hockey Operations.

Fenton, who just completed his eighth season as the Director of Player Personnel for the Predators, will continue to oversee the club's amateur player development, manage the team's professional and amateur scouting staff and advise David Poile on all player trades and signings. Fenton's new duties will include overseeing the Predators' primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, as well as more responsibility in the day-to-day operation of the Predators' hockey department.

"Paul has been a loyal member of this organization since our inaugural season, taking on more responsibilities and has played an important role in the development of this team," said Poile. "He deserves this promotion and I know he is looking forward to the exciting new challenges that lie ahead."

Santos, who has been involved in hockey for the past 18 years, will be responsible for negotiating player contracts, arbitration preparation and many of the day-to-day business operations of the hockey department.

"Michael brings a great deal of experience and the legal background that is so essential with the new collective bargaining agreement," said Poile. "Paul and Michael each bring unique skills and experience that will help the franchise grow in the coming years."

Santos has served as the Commissioner and President of the North American Hockey League since October of 2003. The NAHL is a highly competitive Junior Aheight="225" border="0" alt="Paul Fenton" src="http://cdn.nhl.com/predators/bc/images/assets/team/fenton.jpg" />
Paul Fenton Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Predators Executive Vice Presi league affiliated with USA Hockey that helps players make the transition from midget and high school hockey to the college level.

Santos began his career with the National Hockey League office in New York in 1988 before working for the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks from 1989-91. In 1991, Santos returned to the NHL as Manager of Special Events for six years before being named Assistant GM and Director of Hockey Operations of the New York Islanders in 1997. He then joined the Florida Panthers as the Director of Hockey Operations and Corporate Counsel for the 2002-03 season before moving on to the NAHL.

A native of Lowell Mass., Santos is a 1986 graduate of Boston College. He received his master’s from the United States Sports Academy in 1989 and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the St. John’s University School of Law in 1998.

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