Kyle Dubas, GM Toronto Maple Leafs and Bobby Webster, GM Toronto Raptors with Elliotte Friedman
Monday, January 21, 2019
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Kyle Dubas was named the 17th General Manager in the Club’s history on May 11, 2018 after originally joining the Leafs as Assistant General Manager in July of 2014.In his role as Assistant General Manager, Dubas held multiple responsibilities including player personnel, managing the club’s player development department and farm system, managing the organizations Research and Development department, and overseeing the organization’s top prospects as General Manager of the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. In his four seasons as General Manager of the Marlies, the team compiled a record of 190 90 20 4 and captured the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular season champion in 2015 2016 and 2017 2018. In 2017 2018, the Marlies reached 50 wins for the third time in team history; 2007 to 2008, 2015 to 2016; set the League record for most road wins in a season and earned the franchise’s first Calder Cup championship.Before joining the Maple Leafs, Dubas served as General Manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons from 2011 to 2012 and 2013 to 2014. During his tenure, his teams finished with an overall record of 109 76 7 12, which included two post-season berths and a West Division title in 2013 2014. From 2011 through 2014, the Greyhounds had 14 players drafted to the National Hockey League; second most of all OHL teams over that span.At the time of his hiring by the Greyhounds, the Sports Management Graduate from Brock University, Dean’s List honours, became the second youngest General Manager in OHL history at the age of 25.In 2015, Dubas was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the sports industry’s brightest young stars in their annual Top 30 Under 30 in Sports list. He was also honoured with the Brock University Distinguished Young Alumni Award in March of 2015.Dubas and his wife, Shannon, have one son.Bobby Webster enters his sixth season with the Raptors and second as the team’s general manager. He manages the day to day basketball operations of the franchise and provides his expertise on strategic team building, roster and personnel planning, and player acquisitions. During his time with the Raptors, Webster has also served as assistant general manager and vice president, basketball management and strategy.Webster came to the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for seven seasons in the legal department. He brings with him a vast working knowledge of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, and was part of the team that worked with the NBA Labor Relations Committee to negotiate the 2011 CBA with the National Basketball Players Association. While at the NBA, Webster advised front office personnel from all 30 teams on CBA matters related to salary cap and luxury tax planning, player contract negotiations and analytics, and trades.In Conversation withElliotte Friedman: Analyst and Insider, NHL on Sportsnet and Hockey Night in CanadaWith a remarkable career in sports media spanning more than 20 years and earning him a reputation as one of the most respected broadcasters in the country, Elliotte Friedman joined Sportsnet in June 2014 as an insider and analyst for the network’s national NHL coverage and Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts.In addition to his on air role, Friedman regularly contributes to sportsnet.ca, analyzing the latest NHL news in his regular 30 Thoughts column and, most recently, a new podcast of the same name alongside Jeff Marek.Prior to joining Sportsnet, Freidman was a mainstay of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, serving as both an in studio analyst and reporter for 11 seasons, contributing news and analysis throughout the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.Throughout his 20 plus years in sports, Freidman has covered numerous major sporting events including multiple Olympic Games, NHL, MLB, CFL, NBA and more.