Gelinas named Preds' player development chief
Martin Gelinas, who spent 19 seasons in the NHL and was part of one of the most famous trades in league history, was named Tuesday as the Nashville Predators' director of player development. <br /><br />
Martin Gelinas, who spent 19 seasons in the NHL and was part of one of the most famous trades in league history, was named Tuesday as the Nashville Predators' director of player development.
“Martin made a big impact on people within the organization during his time here, so this speaks volumes of his professionalism and character,” Predators general manager David Poile said of Gelinas, who spent his final NHL season, 2007-08, with Nashville.
“We have always been a team that develops players through the draft, which makes this an important position within our organization. We will depend on Martin and his experience, work ethic and professionalism to help develop our prospects into NHL players.”
Gelinas, a superstar with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Hull Olympiques, was selected seventh overall in 1988 NHL entry draft by the Los Angeles Kings but never played for the team. Weeks later, he was part of the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Kings.
In 1,273 career games with Edmonton, the Quebec Nordiques, Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Nashville, Gelinas scored 309 goals and added 351 assists. He was a member of the Oilers' Stanley Cup championship team in 1989-90 and played in three other Stanley Cup finals (Vancouver, 1993-94, Carolina in 2001-02 and Calgary in 2003-04).
“During the last few years of my playing career, working with the younger players was something I really got a lot of enjoyment out of,” Gelinas said. “It's a great opportunity for me and I'm excited to be a part of the Predators organization again and have the chance to work with (GM) David Poile and his tremendous staff.”
© (c) CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.