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Five women in assistant general manager positions in the NHL have taken different paths

One thing the five women who hold assistant general manager positions in the NHL have in common is that none saw this opportunity presented to them earlier in life.

“I never expected to be an assistant general manager in my wildest dreams,” said Meghan Hunter of the Chicago Blackhawks. “I didn’t necessarily rule it out, but I just didn’t see a way to get there.”

Now Kate Madigan of New Jersey from Hunter, Émilie Castonguay and Cammi Granato of Vancouver and Hayley Wickenheiser of Toronto have each gotten to this point by taking different paths.

Emilie Castonguay

Castonguay in January became the first woman in the league to be named AGM since Angela Gorgone in 1996-97, when the Canucks’ new president of hockey operations, Jim Rutherford, named her to the position. She spent more than five years as an NHL Players’ Association certified agent, including representing 2020 No. 1 pick Alexis Lafrenière.

“It’s a different perspective,” she said earlier this month. “These are different priorities, and it’s a different challenge.”

Cammi Garnet

The all-time leading scorer in international women’s hockey, Granato led the United States to gold in Nagano 1998, the first time women’s hockey competed in the Olympics. Along with Canadian Angela James, she was one of the first women inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Granato tried her hand at broadcasting after hanging up her skates and was hired by expansion Seattle Kraken as a scout in 2019. She joined Castonguay with the Canucks in February.

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