When Brian MacLellan was elevated from assistant general manager to senior vice president and general manager of the Capitals, he knew he needed to hire someone to replace himself.
On Monday, MacLellan decided to stay in-house when he promoted director of amateur scouting Ross Mahoney to assistant general manager.
“Ross is an excellent judge of talent and the success he has enjoyed on the amateur scouting level speaks volumes of his expertise,” MacLellan said in a release. “He is a great asset for our hockey operations staff and someone I greatly respect.”
Mahoney, who served as a director of amateur scouting for the Capitals the past 16 seasons, will assist and advise MacLellan in all player-related matters. Mahoney will also oversee the club’s developmental programs and the organization’s amateur scouting staff.
MacLellan and Mahoney will be made available to the media this afternoon and we’ll update with stories following those interviews.
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The Capitals are also expected to announce the hiring of Mitch Korn as their new goaltending instructor, as well as assistant coaches for new head coach Barry Trotz. The Caps would like to have their entire management and coaching staff in place prior to the June 27-28 NHL draft in Philadelphia.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Mahoney was a scout with the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. He has coaching experience with the University of Regina, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats and at the international level. He coached Canada’s elite under-17 program in two World Championships. In 1995, he coached Team Saskatchewan to the gold medal at the Canadian Winter Games.
Mahoney earned a degree in education from University of Regina where he played hockey for the Cougars. After graduating, he spent 17 years as a teacher. Mahoney played junior hockey in Regina. He also played four years at the University of Regina, helping lead his team to two national finals. Mahoney was inducted in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.