The Ontario Hockey League won’t have any general managers left by the time the Leafs are done with ’em.
Add Saginaw Spirit GM Jim Paliafito to list of new faces on #Leafs hockey dept team. Interesting to see in what capacity.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) May 21, 2015
There you have it – the Toronto Maple Leafs have gone back to the OHL as the continue to fill out their front office staff. Jim Paliafito joined the Saginaw Spirit in May 2009 as the organization’s head scout, then moved up to the Assistant General Manager’s role a year later, and was promoted again as General Manager another year after.
Before that, he was an NFL player agent… No, seriously. Read this 2012 article from Yahoo Sports’ always excellent Sunaya Sapurji on how Paliafito is the most interesting man (no longer) in Junior hockey.
We’re not sure what role Paliafito is going to play within the Leafs’ front office, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.
— Saginaw Spirit (@SpiritHockey) May 21, 2015