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Emily Castonguay could lead the Flyers

Emily Castongway could become the first woman to head the NHL’s hockey department if we believe the rumors are sending her to Philadelphia.

The Canucks’ current assistant general manager, Patrick Alvin, will be a candidate for the Flyers’ president of hockey operations, Sportsnet reporter Elliot Friedman reported Wednesday.

On the 32 Thoughts podcast, Friedman said he did not know if Castonguay had ever interviewed the Philadelphia organization.

“I think she’s on the pilots’ radar and they’re going to want to talk to her,” he said. I also wouldn’t be surprised if it was Cammi Granato [aussi adjointe au DG à Vancouver] It was also considered. »

Castonguay has broken many barriers, although she previously admitted that she had never seen such barriers.

All she ever wanted was to work in the hockey world.

The 39-year-old Montrealer became the second woman to land a job as an NHL assistant GM, following Angela Gorgon with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks more than 25 years ago.

Émilie Castonguay when she was working for the Momentum Hockey Agency.

File photo provided by Momentum Hockey

“I never said to myself that it was a man’s world and that I would not succeed,” she stated when she was appointed in January 2022. “I tried to store as much information as possible in order to go where I wanted.”

Accustomed to shattering glass ceilings, Castonguay was also the first agent to receive National League certification to represent hockey players.

Someone who studied financial marketing as well as law had privately negotiated Alexis Lafrenière’s first professional contract with the New York Rangers.

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Born in the area
d’Outremont also looked after the career of three-time Olympic champion Marie-Philippe Poulin with the Momentum Hockey Agency.

Team in disarray

The challenge in Philadelphia will be formidable, regardless of who inherits the title of president.

In March, Flyers general manager and president Chuck Fletcher offered an exit. Daniel Brier is then named interim CEO, but he is still unsure about his future.

The team, led by fiery John Tortorella, finished the campaign in 26th place on the Pittman circuit with a 31-38-13 record, good for 75 points, seven points behind the Canadian.

However, the Flyers missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

Facing adversity

But it’s not the challenges that scare Castonguay.

The latter has already faced criticism in British Columbia.

She was the subject of a human rights complaint from a former Canucks employee.

In particular, it accuses him of leading a smear campaign with other leaders in the organization, which Quebec denies.

Then the Canucks looked bad when they fired head coach Bruce Boudreau nearly two weeks after the media announced his firing.

– With Kevin Dubé and the QMI Agency