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Kent Hughes is the new General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens

The 51-year-old Montreal-born player agent knows Jeff Gorton well.

This morning the Montreal Canadiens revealed that they’ve signed a five-year contract with Montreal-born player-agent Kent Hughes, who will assume the role as the team’s 18th General Manager.

“We are very excited to add Kent Hughes to our organization. Kent is highly respected in the hockey world, having built an excellent reputation as an NHL player agent for over 25 years now.”

—Geoff Molson, Montreal Canadiens CEO

Kent Hughes is the new General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens

As Dave MacIntyre wrote in his assessment of GM candidates, “Hughes is not only an experienced player agent, but he’s someone [Hockey Operations VP] Jeff Gorton knows very well. Representing Patrice Bergeron, Darnell Nurse and Kris Letang, among others, the Beaconsfield native has been living in the Boston area for many years, where Gorton — who drafted Hughes’ son Riley while with the Rangers in 2018 — is from.

“With his reputation and unique perspective as an agent, Hughes would come to the organization with a knowledge of the salary cap and pre-existing rapports with other GMs. His younger son Jack (no, not that one) is also a prospect for the upcoming 2022 Entry Draft, and one the Habs will surely target if Hughes joins the organization.”

According to today’s statement, the Montreal Canadiens will hold a press conference on Wednesday, with Hughes, Geoff Molson and Jeff Gorton in attendance.

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