The New Jersey Devils have promoted Kate Madigan to assistant general manager, making her the first woman in franchise history to hold the position. Madigan had been the executive director of hockey management/operations for the Devils for the last two years, after joining as an analyst in 2017. Tom Fitzgerald, Devils’ general manager, released a statement:
Kate has been an incredibly valuable resource to not only me, but to our entire hockey operations leadership staff, particularly over the past three years, as part of key hockey decisions. This promotion is reflective of the duties and responsibilities that Kate has assumed within our organization during that time. Her diligence, work ethic, attention to detail, ability to communicate with all staff, strategy and vision are qualities that I look for in our leadership. We have a fantastic management team in place that is working together, solely focused on the development and success of this young, evolving core group on and off the ice, and Kate will play a role in leading the way. She has an immensely promising future in the industry, and we are glad to be a part of it.
In the release, the team indicates that Madigan will serve in the “small group” that Fitzgerald leans on for input, strategy, and decision-making. That includes roster construction, transactions, hockey personnel decisions, team operations, facilities management, and budget. Madigan will also be part of the team’s management travel party.
She becomes the fifth woman this summer to be elevated to the position of assistant general manager in the NHL, and the sixth all-time.