After losing assistant general manager Peter MacTavish to the agent world earlier this month, and parting ways with Pierre McGuire, the Ottawa Senators had some vacancies in the front office. They’ve filled two of them today, by promoting chief amateur scout Trent Mann and hiring Ryan Bowness. Both men will take on assistant general manager titles, effective tomorrow.
GM Pierre Dorion released the following:
Trent’s promotion and Ryan’s hiring represent two significant additions of our front office staff. On top of the success they have achieved in NHL, both are excellent hockey minds, hard workers and quality leaders. Trent has shown to be one of the top evaluators of amateur talent in the industry and has progressed to become an invaluable resource to the entire organization. Ryan is a critical thinker whose experience will allow him to contribute to a wide variety of areas. His success in professional scouting along with his ability to communicate in detail makes him an ideal complement to our hockey group.
Mann, 48, has been with the team since 2010 and quickly climbed up the organizational chart. In the press release for his promotion, the team indicates that he will still serve in the same scouting role while adding “greater player developmental responsibilities.” A former goaltender, he has been an integral part of the Senators draft decisions over the last several years and will continue to lead their team when they make five selections in the first three rounds next month.
Bowness comes with a surname that many will recognize, as the son of long-time NHL coach Rick Bowness. The 38-year-old executive has been with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the last six years, serving most recently as the director of professional scouting. With his new team, he will serve as general manager of the Belleville Senators while also overseeing “contractual-related items.”
It’s a homecoming of sorts, as his father was the first head coach in Senators franchise history when they came into the NHL in 1992. Ryan Bowness was just nine years old at the time and played minor hockey in the area before moving on to the Brampton Battalion of the OHL.