A lot to go over, but I’m technically on vacation. The release is below. Note that a separate release has Ken Gernander taking over Schoenfeld’s job as Hartford head coach.
I’ll be back with more later….
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has promoted Jim Schoenfeld to Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel & General Manager, Hartford Wolf Pack; Cameron Hope to Assistant General Manager, Hockey Administration; Gordie Clark to Director, Player Personnel; Jim Hammett to Head Amateur Scout and John Rosasco to Vice President, Public Relations and Player Recruitment.
Schoenfeld, 54, previously served four seasons as General Manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack and will now additionally assume duties as the Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel while relinquishing coaching duties. In his expanded role, he will assist Sather on all player transactions and contract negotiations. He will also be involved with the club’s professional and amateur scouting operations, continuing to oversee hockey-related matters for the Hartford Wolf Pack.
“Jim has done a great job developing our young talent and prospects,” stated Sather. “Our organizational philosophy is to build within, and Jim’s keen eye for talent at every level has proven successful in building our organization.”
Prior to joining the Hartford operation, Schoenfeld served as an assistant coach with the Rangers for the 2002-03 campaign. He joined the Rangers after serving as a lead analyst for ESPN’s National Hockey Night from 1999 through 2002. A veteran of 10 seasons in the National Hockey League as a head coach, he has compiled a 256-246-78 record (.509 winning percentage) with the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and the Phoenix Coyotes.
A veteran of 13 seasons in the National Hockey League, Schoenfeld appeared in 719 games with the Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins from 1972-73 through 1984-85. A former captain of the Sabres, he registered 51 goals and 204 assists for 255 points, along with 1,132 penalty minutes in his career. Originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round, 5th overall, in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft, he is a member of the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.
Hope enters his fourth season with the Rangers and will be responsible for all aspects of hockey administration, including matters related to player and staff contracts. He will continue to oversee the team’s interaction with the National Hockey League regarding contract and Collective Bargaining Agreement issues, assist in negotiation of player contracts, represent the organization in player arbitration hearings, coordinate team research projects, and work with management on issues related to the hockey club’s salary structure.
Clark enters his sixth season with the Rangers, most recently serving as the Head Amateur Scout, after beginning with New York as a professional scout. In his expanded role, Clark will oversee all facets of both the team’s professional and amateur scouting operations. Before joining the Rangers, Clark spent the previous six seasons with the New York Islanders, most recently as Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel. With the Islanders, he was responsible for overseeing the NHL Draft process, selecting current NHLer’s Eric Brewer, Taylor Pyatt, Tim Connolly, Roberto Luongo, Raffi Torres and Rick DiPietro, among others. Prior to his stay on Long Island, he spent four seasons with the scouting department for the Boston Bruins, serving as director of scouting in his final two seasons. Clark also served as an assistant coach in Boston from 1989 to 1992 before joining the team’s scouting department. As a player, he was drafted by the Bruins in 1972 and played professional hockey for nine years in the American Hockey League (AHL). He also played college hockey at the University of New Hampshire, becoming the first two-time All-American in school history.
Hammett, a Kelowna, BC native, comes to the team from Hockey Canada, where he served as Head Scout of Men’s National Teams. He was responsible for all of the men’s player evaluations for under 20 years of age players, the selections for Canada’s future National Junior Team Development, and selection camps for Canada’s National under-18 programs. The under-20 team won a gold medal this past season in Sweden. Hammett also served for eight years, from 1998-2006, as a scout with the Colorado Avalanche, including the role of Chief Scout from 2001-2006.
Rosasco is a 19-year veteran of the Rangers Public Relations department, currently serving as the vice president of public relations, where he oversees all aspects of the public relations department. In his expanded role, Rosasco will also be responsible for management of the player recruitment process, including involvement in researching prospective free agents, as well as the development and implementation of all aspects of the team’s communications and marketing to free agents during the recruitment process. Over his tenure with the Rangers, which began in 1987, Rosasco has served a number of roles in the public relations department, including as a statistician, public relations manager, assistant director of public relations, and director of public relations, before being promoted to vice president of public relations in 1998.