The Henderson Silver Knights finally have a general manager. The Vegas Golden Knights announced today that Tim Speltz has been hired as GM of the AHL squad, after they did not have someone holding that specific title last season. Kelly McCrimmon, GM of the Golden Knights, explained exactly why Speltz was the choice:
We are very excited to have Tim join our organization. I’ve known him for a very long time, dating back to our days in the Western Hockey League, and he has an outstanding hockey mind. As our organization has developed, we believe that it is important to our staff, players and fans to have a dedicated manager who will be involved in the day-to-day business of the Silver Knights. Tim will do an incredible job leading our efforts in Henderson.
Speltz comes to Henderson from the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he had served as head of amateur scouting the previous three seasons. He and McCrimmon had plenty of battles in the WHL, as leaders of the Spokane Chiefs and Brandon Wheat Kings respectively. Speltz served for 26 years as the GM of the Chiefs, winning two Memorial Cups and the WHL Executive of the Year award twice.
There aren’t many people who are more familiar with the WHL landscape than Speltz, who originally joined the Maple Leafs as the director of western area scouting in 2016. Now he’ll be taking on a brand new role as the GM of an AHL team, but he certainly doesn’t suffer from a lack of experience in the hockey world. The Silver Knights went 25-13-1 in 2020-21, finishing first in the Pacific Division. They lost in the division’s tournament playoff final to the Bakersfield Condors, missing out on the John D. Chick Trophy.