Make half a dozen. Just a year ago, the NHL had no women in assistant general manager positions, and only one in league history had done so before – Angela Gorgon in 1996-97 with the Anaheim Ducks . But now, in 2022, six women hold the title of assistant general manager of NHL teams.
As ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reported Wednesday morning, the latest is Seattle Kraken’s Alexandra Mandrycky. She was promoted from her role as Director of Strategy and Hockey Research to Assistant General Manager, reporting to Ron Francis.
Mandrycky, 31, was one of the Kraken’s first front-office hires after the franchise’s expansion bid was approved in 2018. She brought a penchant for analytics to the position, having previously worked for several years as an analyst with the Minnesota Wild, and played a major role. role in hiring Francis. As Kaplan reported, Mandrycky has grown in influence within the organization over the past few years and now oversees an analytics department of four other employees. The Kraken welcome an analysis-driven philosophy behind their roster decisions. Mandrycky had a significant influence on their signings and trades, and that should only grow in his new role.
She is now the sixth woman in the NHL to hold an active assistant general manager position. She joins Cammi Granato and Emilie Castonguay of the Vancouver Canucks; Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Kate Madigan of the New Jersey Devils; and Meghan Hunter of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Mandrycky will help Francis oversee a slow build toward a competitive NHL franchise. The 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights raised expectations for what an expansion club can do, but the Kraken followed more of a traditional Year 1 path in 2021-22, finishing last in the Pacific Division with a 27-49-6 record. They have been active this offseason, making two notable improvements to their top-six forward group, signing Andre Burakovsky and trading for Oliver Bjorkstrand.