Jeff Gorton begins his 11th season with the Rangers and his third as General Manager after being named the 11th General Manager in franchise history on July 1, 2015. He previously served four seasons as Assistant General Manager. Prior to becoming Assistant General Manager, Gorton spent three seasons with the Rangers as Assistant Director, Player Personnel, after serving one season as a Professional Scout.
Gorton is the only general manager in Rangers history who has built a team that has registered 100 or more points in each of his first two seasons. In addition, Gorton has helped oversee an extended period of success in New York, as the Rangers are one of three NHL teams that have made the playoffs in every season since 2010-11. In 2016-17, Gorton constructed a roster that posted a 48-28-6 record and earned 102 points, finished ninth in the NHL's overall standings during the regular season, and won its First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In his first season as General Manager, the Rangers posted a 46-27-9 record and earned 101 points. In the process, the Rangers established franchise records in wins and points through the first 21 games of a season.
In his role, Gorton is responsible for all aspects of hockey administration for the team, including matters relating to the hockey club's salary structure and to the team's interaction with the National Hockey League regarding player contracts, player movement and Collective Bargaining Agreement issues. He oversees the day to day work of the hockey operations area, including the administration of all player and staff contracts. Gorton represents the club in salary arbitration matters, assists in negotiation of player contracts and coordinates team research projects. He also continues his involvement with the club's professional and amateur scouting operations.
During Gorton's tenure with the Rangers, he has played a key role in the selection of current Blueshirts Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, J.T. Miller, Brady Skjei, and Pavel Buchnevich in the NHL Entry Draft. Gorton was vital in the Rangers' acquisitions of Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash through trades, as well as the signing of free agents Kevin Shattenkirk, Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey, and Mats Zuccarello.
Prior to joining the Rangers, Gorton spent 15 seasons with the Boston Bruins organization, serving as the Bruins Assistant General Manager during the final seven years of his tenure. As Assistant General Manager, he was involved in contract negotiations, scouting operations, and the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island.
Gorton served as Boston's Interim General Manager from March 27 to July 8, 2006, directing the Bruins' efforts at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and negotiating contracts and trades at the start of the 2006 free agency period. At the 2006 draft, Gorton was instrumental in landing Bruins' star players Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand, as well as former Bruins' stars Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic. He also acquired key All-Star free agents Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard.
Gorton originally joined the Bruins organization in their public relations department at the beginning of the 1992-93 season. He became the Bruins' Director of Scouting Information in October 1994, where he created the scouting database which networks the club's scouts via computer, and coordinated video on prospects in preparation of scouting assignments and the annual NHL Entry Draft. Gorton holds a degree in physical education from Bridgewater State College and a Masters in sports management from Springfield College.
Gorton resides in Somers, New York, with his wife, Cyndi, and two sons, Jack and Sam.