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[Report] Senators hire Steve Staios as President of Hockey Operations

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Senators hire Steve Staios as president of hockey operations


OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators have appointed Steve Staios as their new president of hockey operations.

Staios joined the Senators on Friday after resigning from his post as special adviser on the Edmonton Oilers' hockey operations staff.


The Hamilton native previously served the president and general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs from 2016-22, including a stint solely being president in 2015. The Bulldogs franchise is owned by Ottawa's new majority owner Michael Andlauer.


Staios was named player development adviser of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012 and two years later, became the manager of player development before moving to the bench to support the interim coaching staff in 2015.

He also managed Team Canada at the 2019 world juniors and 2017 world under-17 hockey challenge. In addition, he served as director of player development with Canada at the 2014 world championship.


The 50-year-old Staios's work in development and management followed a 16-year NHL career as a defenceman that saw him appear in 1,001 games with Boston, Vancouver, Atlanta, Edmonton, Calgary and the New York Islanders.


“I am so excited that Steve is joining me in Ottawa to lead our hockey operations,” Andlauer said in a release. “I have worked with Steve for many years and know first-hand that he will strengthen our team with his hockey acumen, attention to detail, commitment to excellence and enthusiasm for the game and its players.


"In hockey you can never accumulate too much talent. Having Steve and (general manager) Pierre (Dorion) leading our hockey department gives us a formidable team.”



This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2023.



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Staios is a well respected, standup guy who will contribute to the success of the Senators. He has fashioned a long career in the world of hockey and has always been known as a smart, hard working team mate. Good luck Steve.

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