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Predators appoint Nichol new GM in Milwaukee

The Nashville Predators today announced the promotion of Scott Nichol to the role of general manager of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals and director of player development for the Predators.

Nichol takes over for Paul Fenton, who has been hired as GM of the Minnesota Wild. He will manage the Admirals, working closely with assistant director of player development Wade Redden in following, evaluating and assisting prospects in Nashville’s system.

Since joining the Predators staff in 2013, Nichol has helped players such as Filip Forsberg, Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidsson, Colton Sissons, Austin Watson, Miikka Salomaki and Anthony Bitetto graduate from Milwaukee to Nashville and help lead the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of their last four seasons.

Nichol, 43, played 19 professional seasons from 1994 to 2013, skating in 662 NHL games with Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Nashville, San Jose and St. Louis. Nichol’s pro career began with six seasons in the AHL with the Rochester Americans, where he played 331 games and won a Calder Cup championship in 1996. He also had a six-game stint playing with Milwaukee in 2005-06.