Botterill promoted, to manage WBS hockey operations

Jason Botterill has been named assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was announced Friday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Botterill, 33, replaces Chuck Fletcher, who was named general manager of the Minnesota Wild.

Botterill, who played eight seasons of pro hockey and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan, brings a wide range of experience to his new role. In the past two seasons as director of hockey administration with the Penguins, his responsibilities have included salary cap management, pro and amateur scouting and overseeing prospects throughout the organization, including those at the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Before joining the Penguins, Botterill worked with NHL Central Registry and also scouted for the Dallas Stars.

As assistant GM, Botterill will work closely with Shero on all hockey-related matters, including scouting, player development and contract negotiations. He also will manage hockey operations for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“On behalf of the Pittsburgh Penguins, I want to congratulate Chuck Fletcher on his new position with the Minnesota Wild and thank him for three tremendous years of service to our organization,” Shero said.

“At the same time, we are excited by the opportunity to promote Jason Botterill to Assistant General Manager. Jason is one of the bright young executives in hockey, and he has made major contributions to the success we have had the past two seasons. We expect a seamless transition, because Jason has worked closely with Chuck and me in all facets of hockey operations.”

Botterill was a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in 1994 and played 88 NHL games over six seasons with Dallas, Atlanta, Calgary and Buffalo. He also played 393 career games in the AHL and IHL, recording 127 goals and 257 points, and won a Calder Cup championship with the Saint John Flames in 2001, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Finals.

A native of Edmonton who grew up in Winnipeg, Botterill played four seasons at the University of Michigan and helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA title in 1996. He also played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996, helping his team win gold medals in all three tournaments.

He resides in Pittsburgh along with his wife, Andrea.