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Ray Shero in 2012
July 28, 1962 |
Saint Paul, Minnesota
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||St. Lawrence University|
|NHL Draft||216th overall, 1982
Los Angeles Kings
Rejean "Ray" Shero (born July 28, 1962) is the general manager of the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League franchise. He was hired on May 4, 2015, replacing Lou Lamoriello. He was previously the general manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise. He is the son of former Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers coach Fred Shero.
In his first season on the job with the Penguins, Shero made a small splash in the free agent market, signing forwards Mark Recchi and Jarkko Ruutu, along with defenseman Mark Eaton. In addition to these moves, he traded for forwards Nils Ekman and Dominic Moore, after drafting center Jordan Staal with the second overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. This choice paid immediate dividends, as Staal would score 29 goals and 42 points in his rookie year with fellow rookie Evgeni Malkin.
At the trading deadline of the 2006-07 NHL season, Shero swung two major trades, sending Noah Welch to the Florida Panthers for veteran Gary Roberts, and sending Daniel Carcillo and a draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for enforcer Georges Laraque.
Shero made several tweaks to his club during the next offseason, signing defenseman Darryl Sydor, forwards Petr Sýkora and Jeff Taffe, and backup goaltender Dany Sabourin. Shero also took several steps to ensure that his nucleus of talent remained in Pittsburgh by re-signing defenseman Ryan Whitney to a six-year, $24 million contract extension, and re-signing center and captain Sidney Crosby to a five-year, $43.5 million extension.
The trading deadline of the 2007-08 NHL season brought two other major trades for Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins, sending Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito, and a future draft pick for the Atlanta Thrashers' Marián Hossa and Pascal Dupuis, as well as bringing the Toronto Maple Leafs' defensemen Hal Gill to his team for two future draft picks.
In 2009, the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to win the Stanley Cup. They won the cup on the road at the Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings defeated the Pens the year before in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena.
On Friday, May 16, 2014 the Penguins relieved Shero of his duties after the Penguins fell to the Rangers 4-3 in the second round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs. The Penguins went into game 5 with a 3-1 series lead. This was the 5th straight year the Penguins were eliminated by a lower seeded opponent.
Shero became the general manager of the New Jersey Devils on May 4, 2015. Notable acquisitions and free agent signings during Shero's tenure as general manager includes Taylor Hall, Will Butcher, Jesper Bratt, Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen, and Nico Hischier. Despite struggling for the first few years, the Devils returned to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2018 but were eliminated in the first round 4-1 by Tampa Bay.