Capitals Promote Ross Mahoney To Assistant General Manager

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Elliott Smith

The Washington Capitals continued their busy offseason June 16 by promoting Ross Mahoney to the assistant general manager position recently vacated by new general manager Brian MacLellan. 

Despite the Caps' insistence in the immediate aftermath of the firing of former general manager George McPhee that they would look outside the organization to build their front office, this latest move continues the trend of maintaining continuity, as Mahoney has been with the team for 16 seasons as the director of amateur scouting. 

"To be able to get this position, I'm really proud and really happy to do it," Mahoney said during a conference call with reporters. "I look forward to the challenge. It's a good challenge."

Mahoney will work with MacLellan in all player matters while continuing to oversee Washington's development programs and amateur scouting. 

"Ross has done a great job for our organization over the past 16 years," MacLellan said. "He's been very successful on the amateur scouting side. We've built a relationship over the past 12, 13 years -- there's a comfort level. We see the game the same way -- the combination of his expertise at the amateur level and mine on the pro side complement each other."

Mahoney played junior hockey before moving into coaching and scouting. He was a scout for the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks before joining the Capitals, where he developed a relationship with his new boss. 

"I've been working with Brian for a long time," Mahoney said. "We've had chemistry that's been there, so the transition is very smooth. Brian listens to everyone's opinion. He makes his own decision, but he takes input from everyone."

Mahoney scouted most of the Capitals' current players and helped with their development process in the minor leagues, and will still play a role in that aspect of the franchise. 

"You are always trying to make development the best we can," he said. "You always have to look at what you are doing and find out what parts are working well and the areas you need to improve on a bit. We're doing a good job, but we're trying to improve everything."

With the draft coming up June 27, both Mahoney and MacLellan will be working in tandem with new coach Barry Trotz to find the next wave of Capitals. 

"Everybody has to be on the same page," Mahoney said. "It's a team game, and if we want to have success, we all have to have our energies channeled in the same direction."

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