WINNIPEG - New GM Kevin Cheveldayoff won’t represent Winnipeg’s NHL team at the GM’s meetings in Boston, Wednesday.
That’ll be handled by Atlanta Thrashers outgoing president, Don Waddell, since the sale of the franchise isn’t official until the league board of governors approves it, June 21.
When Cheveldayoff does take over — he will be at Winnipeg’s draft table at the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn., June 24-25 — Winnipeg will be getting more than just a GM, according to Wendell Young, his successor as GM of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.
After a dozen years with the Wolves, Cheveldayoff spent the last two years as assistant GM with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.
“Chevy is unique in the hockey world,” Young told the Sun.
“Usually you have your GM that is the player personnel guy and is making those decisions, but then you have your capologist. Chevy is both. Part of Chevy’s job every day was to make sure where the salary cap was.”
He’s not your typical number-cruncher, though. Young describes him as very emotional, but controlled.
The book on Cheveldayoff also has several chapters on hard work.
“He puts in an enormous amount of time,” Young said.
“He does his job without making enemies and that’s another unique thing, too. In the game you make enemies, but Chevy doesn’t seem to make enemies and at the same time, he’s very successful.”
One of the first duties for Cheveldayoff will be to hire a head coach.
It’s believed Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel has the inside track, while incumbent Atlanta bench boss Craig Ramsay will be let go.
— With files from Ken Wiebe