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Lamoriello will be Babcock's GM in Toronto

The Detroit News
Lou Lamoriello

Former Red Wings star Brendan Shanahan, now president of the Maple Leafs, has tabbed Lou Lamoriello as Toronto's new general manager.

Lamoriello, 72, had been GM of the Devils since 1987, winning the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

In Toronto, Lamoriello will work with new coach Mike Babcock, who had been with the Red Wings the last 10 seasons.

During his 28 years wth the Devils, the team had a regular-season winning percentage of .511 and a playoff winning percentage of .540. He was GM of one franchise longer than anyone in NHL history.

Lamoriello was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders Category in 2009 and into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

Lamoriello resigned as Devils GM on May 4 and was succeeded by Ray Shero. In Toronto, Lamoriello replaces the fired Dave Nonis. The Leafs last won the Stanley Cup in 1967.

Lamoriello, who drafted Shanahan in 1987, helped the Devils to 21 playoff appearances under his watch.

“I have worked with Hall-of-Fame coaches, and players and a great staff, all of whom contributed to our success,” Lamoriello said in a statement released by the Devils. “In the end, it’s about the people which makes this decision so difficult.”

Said Devils co-owner Josh Harris: "Lou Lamoriello created and defined what it meant to be a New Jersey Devil. His brilliance in shaping this franchise into one of the most storied and celebrated organizations in sport will make him a New Jersey Devil for life. He represented this organization, our current and former players, the state of New Jersey, and the greatest fans in the National Hockey League in a manner that exemplified character, class, and dignity."