Brian Burke announced Tuesday that the Leafs added hockey
expert Claude Loiselle as the team’s Assistant General Manager for the coming
Just a few of Loiselle’s responsibilities as Toronto’s
assistant GM will be collective bargaining related duties, various contract
negotiations, salary arbitration and cap management.
The 47 year-old began his hockey career with the Gloucester
Rangers, Windsor Spitfires and Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL before his time
in the NHL. As a junior player he was an explosive scorer who frequently
contributed on offense but also used his speed and hockey sense to kill
penalties and shut down the opposing team’s top players.
He was a second round draft choice by the Red Wings in the
1981 Entry Draft.
All in all, he played in 13 seasons in the NHL from ’81-’94.
He played in 616 games for the Red Wings, Devils, Nordiques, Leafs and
Islanders. During his career he wracked up 92 goals, 117 assists and 1,149
penalty minutes. He also took part in 41 playoff games as a player and was a
part of two Patrick Division Championship teams.
He proved to everyone in New Jersey that he was a versatile
two-way player during his three seasons with the Devils.
Loiselle joined the Leafs as a player on March 5, 1991. He scored
7 goals and 10 assists in 71 games with the Blue and White and racked up 104
He previously served an assistant GM with the
Lightning. He also spent seven years working in the NHL’s hockey operation’s
Toronto has been without an assistant GM since Jeff Jackson
left the team in March.