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Greyhounds introduce new general manager Dubas

The Canadian Press

4/15/2011 5:11:18 PM

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- Kyle Dubas is returning to the Ontario Hockey League franchise that gave him his start as a locker-room attendant over a decade ago.

Dubas was introduced Friday as the general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He replaces Dave Torrie, who was relieved of his GM duties at the end of the season after eight years with the organization.

Dubas will work closely with head scout Mike McFarlane to prepare for the draft on May 7.

"One advantage to coming in now is that I know this draft class better than I've ever known any draft class...," said Dubas.

According to the team, the 25-year-old GM is the youngest in OHL history. That designation shouldn't intimidate Dubas, who was previously the youngest agent ever certified by the NHL Players' Association.

Dubas also worked as a scout before leaving the team in 2006 to join Uptown Sports Management. He takes over his hometown team with plenty of core players in place. The team can return up to 21 players from their 2010-'11 roster, including top scorers Daniel Catenacci and Nick Cousins.

"That's what made this very enticing was that there's a pretty strong base in place here and the credit for that has to go to Dave Torrie and (former coach) Denny Lambert," Dubas said.

The Greyhounds have also started the process of looking for a new coach.

"It may be a big name guy, but it may not be," said Dubas.

He added that a decision on assistant coach Nick Warriner and goalie coach Seamus Kotyk, who are still under contract, will be made after the new coach is hired. The status of assistant coach Pat Curcio, whose contract expired at the end of the season, is also uncertain.

Dubas spent five seasons as a locker-room attendant before serving as a Greyhounds scout from 2003 to 2006.

His grandfather also has ties to the organization. Walter Dubas was the team's head coach from 1960 to 1967.