Former Jr. Duck Brett Peterson hired as Florida Panthers Assistant GM

Panthers name Peterson first Black assistant general manager in NHL

Former player agent looking forward to working in market 'primed to pop'

Brett Peterson was named assistant general manager of the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. He is believed to be the first Black assistant GM in the NHL.

"It's exciting whenever you get a chance to kind of reignite a boyhood dream of chasing the Stanley Cup, being in the National Hockey League," Peterson said. "Having the opportunity to be the first at something is even more exciting, something I never would have expected."

A former defenseman at Boston College, Peterson was a player agent and vice president for hockey at Wasserman whose former clients include Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. The 39-year-old native of Northborough, Massachusetts, was one of two Black agents certified by the NHL Players' Association (Eustace King).

"His substantive hockey experience as a player, significant developmental and evaluation skills, and business acumen as a negotiator combine to form an elite skill set that is very difficult to find in our sport," Panthers general manager Bill Zito said. "There are many who can excel in one of those disciplines, but few who excel in all three."

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