Leafs on fire with new GM Brad Treliving, son of Dragon’s Den star

Less than two weeks after the unexpected departure of Kyle Dubas, former Calgary Flames GM, Brad Treliving has been hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ next general manager, the club announced on Wednesday.

Treliving spent nine seasons with the Calgary Flames and in that time saw moderate success with the team, including five playoff appearances, but won just two rounds in the process. The 53-year-old mutually parted ways with the team in April ahead of his contract expiring June 30.

‘Brad brings a wealth of knowledge from his years of experience as a general manager and hockey executive in Calgary, Arizona and beyond. He has earned tremendous respect amongst his peers throughout his years in the NHL and has built excellent relationships at all level within the game,” said Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan in a statement. “Wee are confident that Brad’s leadership and strategic vision will elevate the Maple Leafs in our continued pursuit of a championship.”

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the Leafs also interviewed former Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin for the position just days before the deal with Treliving reached its final stages on Tuesday night.

“I am very excited and honored to join the Toronto Maple Leafs as general manager,” Treliving said. “I would like to thank Brendan, MLSE and its Board for their support throughout this process. I’m thrilled to join an Original Six team and recognize how much the Maple Leafs mean to this community. This is a very exciting day for my family and I.”

And it’s not just folks from the Leafs camp who are posting congratulatory messages for the newly appointed GM.

Following the appointment, Brad’s father Jim Treliving, the co-owner of Boston Pizza and a former investor “dragon” on the television show Dragons’ Den, tools to Twitter to proudly congratulate his son.


When asked if he had suddenly become a Maple Leafs fan, his response was priceless.

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