Botterill named Kraken assistant general manager

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Jason Botterill was named assistant general manager of the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old was previously GM of the Buffalo Sabres for three seasons before being fired on June 16, 2020. He will work with assistant Ricky Olczyk under Kraken GM Ron Francis.

Seattle will play its inaugural NHL season in 2021-22. The NHL Expansion Draft is scheduled for July 21.

“Everyone in hockey is extremely excited about what’s happening in Seattle, and I am thrilled for this unique opportunity,” Botterill said. “I’m looking forward to working with the diverse and talented group that Ron has assembled.”

Botterill, a former NHL forward, worked for the Pittsburgh Penguins for 10 seasons as director of hockey administration, assistant GM and associate GM under Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford, helping build the teams that won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

“Jason brings a great deal of experience and has worked with some of the best in the business,” Francis said. “I previously worked with him at Hockey Canada during the 2019 (IIHF) World Championships and he is an excellent addition to our team.”

Norm Maciver, who played 12 NHL seasons as a defenseman for the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Penguins, Winnipeg Jets and Phoenix Coyotes, was named director of player personnel. The 56-year-old spent the previous 14 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, most recently as assistant GM, during which they won the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015).

“I am excited about the prospect of building something from the ground up,” Maciver said. “I’m so glad to be able to help meet the challenge of building a team in an ever-evolving league.”

Maciver and Francis were teammates with the Whalers and Penguins.

“Norm was involved in Chicago’s recent Cup-winning teams and brings a lot of experience and knowledge,” Francis said. “I know him from our playing days and am pleased to reunite with him. He will do a fantastic job as we build out our team.”

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