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Coyotes make John Chayka, 26, youngest GM in NHL history

Coyotes make John Chayka, 26, youngest GM in NHL history

The NHL’s toe dip into the world of advanced statistics looked more like a big splash Thursday when the Arizona Coyotes promoted 26-year-old John Chayka, making him the youngest general manager ever among the major professional sports leagues in North America.

For perspective, Toronto General Manager Lou Lamoriello, at 73, could be Chayka’s grandfather. There are no thirty-something general managers in the NHL. The closest to Chayka’s age among the men he could be making trades with would be 42-year-old Stan Bowman of Chicago and the recently promoted Pierre Dorion of Ottawa, who is 43.

Previously, the youngest GM in the NHL had been Gord Stellick, who was 30...

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