The Washington Capitals have filled another front-office position with an in-house promotion, elevating Ross Mahoney from director of amateur scouting to assistant general manager, the team announced Monday.
Mahoney, who has spent the past 16 seasons in his former role with the team, fills the spot vacated by Brian MacLellan, when MacLellan was bumped to general manager to replace George McPhee. MacLellan scouted extensively while working as an assistant general manager, based in Minnesota and regularly attending Wild games.
“I think Ross has done a great job for our organization over the past 16 years,” MacLellan said on a teleconference. “He’s been very successful on the amateur scouting side and he’s a big asset for our org both in the past and moving forward. I built a relationship with Ross over the past 12, 13 years. Obviously there’s a comfort level, a level of trust between us. We get along, see the game and players the same way. That was a big factor into the decision. And his performance. He’s done a great job at the amateur level. I think the combination of his expertise at the amateur scouting level and then my background on the pro side complement each other very well.”
Before joining the Capitals, Mahoney scouted for both the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. He also has a coaching background, including in the Western Hockey League (Regina Pats, the same team that new Washington coach Barry Trotz once played for), college level (University of Regina) and with Canada’s under-17 team at two world championships. According to the news release, Mahoney also spent 17 years as a teacher and played hockey at the University of Regina, reaching two national title games.
“I’ve been doing the director of amateur scouting for quite a few years now,” Mahoney said on a conference call. “Being able to get this position that Brian has given me, for me I’m really proud and really happy to being able to do it. I look forward to the challenge of it … It’s still maintaining, I’m doing the entry draft in addition to these other responsibilities, is really good for me. It’s a good challenge and I look forward to it.”
As former Washington Times Caps beat writer Stephen Whyno pointed out, Mahoney played an integral role in Washington’s draft process, which begins anew next week in Philadelphia.
Ross Mahoney, the scouting director responsible for strong mid- and late-round #Caps drafting, promoted to assistant GM in Washington.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 16, 2014
More to come Tuesday on Mahoney’s thoughts on the NHL draft and several Capitals prospects he once scouted.