July 12, 2011

Jeff Gorton promoted to assistant GM of Rangers

Rangers GM Glen Sather, Jeff Gorton and Chris Kreider at the 2009 NHL draft (photo: Getty)

New York Rangers president and GM Glen Sather announced Monday that the club has promoted Jeff Gorton to assistant general manager and Kevin Maxwell to Director of Professional Scouting.

Gorton previously served four seasons with the Rangers, including as assistant director of player personnel for the last three seasons. In his expanded role, he will assist Sather on all player transactions and contract negotiations. He will also continue his involvement with the club’s professional and amateur scouting operations.

Prior to joining the Rangers, Gorton spent 15 seasons with the Boston Bruins organization, serving as the Bruins' assistant general manager during the final seven years of his tenure. He was involved in contract negotiations, scouting operations and the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Providence, R.I.

Gorton served as Boston’s interim GM from March 27 to July 8, 2006, directing the Bruins’ efforts at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and negotiating contracts and trades at the start of the 2006 free agency period.

At the 2006 draft, Gorton was instrumental in landing Bruins star players Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask, as well as former Bruins star Phil Kessel. He also acquired key All-Star free agents Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard.

Gorton originally joined the Bruins organization in their public relations department at the beginning of the 1992-1993 season.