The Ottawa Senators have named Peter MacTavish as their new assistant general manager.
The 44-year-old MacTavish, a labour and employment lawyer at Ottawa-based Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, has a background in hockey. He has been working as a recruiter and agent for CAA Hockey—a large agency that is led by Pat Brisson and J.P. Barry.
MacTavish, who will be on the office on Oct. 1, will focus on contracts and arbitration and will help with the management of the club’s AHL affiliate in Belleville.
“Peter will be an excellent hire for the Senators,” said Barry in a statement to this newspaper. “He brings so many important elements to this position. He’s always extremely prepared and thorough.
“Peter understands both the scouting side and the business side of hockey and he does all this with character and integrity. We wish him the best in his future role.”
He will replace Randy Lee, who resigned last month after being charged with a harassment violation following an alleged incident with a hotel shuttle driver during the NHL Combine in Buffalo in May. Lee will be back in court in November for a trial on the non-criminal charge.
The Senators also interviewed former New York Islanders assistant GM Claude Loiselle for the job along with former Arizona Coyotes VP of hockey operations Chris O’Hearn plus several other candidates.