VANCOUVER - With the True North season ticket drive to 13,000 moving at a brisk pace and tracking to hit its mark sometime during the weekend, look for the decisions in hockey operations to soon take centre stage.
To this point, True North has kept the nature of the discussions regarding decisions in hockey operations private and you can expect that to remain the same moving forward.
But with the NHL Entry Draft less than three weeks away, the leadership of the hockey operations department is a priority.
While the results of the meeting between chairman Mark Chipman and Craig Heisinger remains a mystery, another potential candidate who surfaced on Friday is Kevin Cheveldayoff, an assistant general manager with the Chicago Blackhawks who was part of the Stanley Cup run last season.
In order to speak to Cheveldayoff, True North would first need to obtain permission from the Blackhawks.
It’s believed Cheveldayoff would likely require a promotion in order to join True North’s hockey operations staff.
Cheveldayoff has a long history with Chipman and Heisinger from the days of the International Hockey League.
Cheveldayoff, who was in Toronto for the draft combine, could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, St. John’s, N.L. moved another step closer to becoming the new home of True North’s American Hockey League affiliate as St. John’s City Council unanimously approved a the lease agreement (in principle) with St. John’s Sports and Entertainment.
Moving the Manitoba Moose franchise to Newfoundland requires AHL board of governor approval and the next meeting is in early July.