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Olympic hockey great Hayley Wickenheiser promoted to assistant GM of Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Hayley Wickenheiser, Ryan Hardy and Darryl Metcalf to assistant general manager and hired Curtis Sanford as a goaltending coach.

Curtis Sanford also named goalie coach after 5 seasons with Canucks' AHL affiliate

The Maple Leafs on Tuesday announced Hayley Wickenheiser as assistant general manager of player development. She was senior director of the department this past season after being hired in 2018 as assistant director of player development. (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star/Getty Images/File)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Hayley Wickenheiser, Ryan Hardy and Darryl Metcalf to assistant general manager and hired Curtis Sanford as a goaltending coach.

Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian women's team, joined the Leafs as assistant director of player development in 2018 and was promoted to senior director of the department last year.

She will continue as AGM of player development, the team said Tuesday in a statement. The 43-year-old is also a resident physician after completing medical school in 2021.

Hardy will serve as assistant GM of minor league operations. He was hired last year as senior director of the department after three years as GM of the USHL's Chicago Steel. Hardy was voted the USHL's GM of the year in two of his three seasons in Chicago.

Metcalf has been promoted to AGM of Toronto's hockey research and development department in his ninth season with the Leafs. He's been special assistant to GM Kyle Dubas since 2018.

WATCH | CBC Sports' Signa Butler on Wickenheiser's impressive résume:

Maple Leafs hire Hayley Wickenheiser to be assistant director of player development

4 years ago
Duration 1:25
CBC Sports' Signa Butler discusses Wickenheiser's new job with the Leafs.

Brandon Pridham will continue in his role as Toronto's primary AGM.

Sanford joins the Maple Leafs after five seasons as goaltending coach with the Vancouver Canucks' AHL affiliate. He played 144 career NHL games with St. Louis, Vancouver and Columbus.

Laurence Gilman will be governor and senior vice-president of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

WATCH | How Wickenheiser continues to inspire young women:

Hayley Wickenheiser hired as player development assistant director for Maple Leafs

4 years ago
Duration 2:03
One of the top players in women's hockey history joins the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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