On Wednesday, Kate Madigan became the first female assistant general manager in the New Jersey Devils’ franchise history and the sixth female assistant GM in NHL history. In 1996, Angela Gorgone was hired by the Anaheim Ducks as the NHL’s first female assistant GM.
Madigan grew up in Milton, Mass. and ran track at Milton High School. She also competed in figure skating. Madigan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting from Northeastern. After graduating in 2015, Madigan worked at Deloitte for two years before beginning to work for the New Jersey Devils.
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Madigan started as a player information and video assistant in 2017 before working her way up to director of pro scouting operations in 2019 and executive director of hockey management/operations in 2020.
“Kate has been an incredibly valuable resource not only to me, but to our entire hockey operations leadership staff, particularly over the past three years, as part of key hockey operations. This promotion is reflective of the duties and responsibilities that Kate has assumed within our organization during that time,” Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald said.
“Her diligence, work ethic, attention to detail, ability to communicate with all staff, strategy and vision are qualities that I look for in our leadership,” Fitzgerald continued.
At just 29 years old, Madigan is the youngest female GM out of the five current female general managers in the NHL. She is also the only one out of the five current general managers that did not have a playing career in hockey.
“I’m just so very happy to be a part of this group and to continue to change the landscape of all sports. And hopefully, one day, there’s a female general manager in the NHL, and I know the NBA, MLB, all these sports are taking those steps,” Madigan said.
“I think visibility is of the utmost importance. So when it’s young girls, young boys any age, watching the draft tomorrow, and they see, not just me, but probably other females on that stage, too. It’s what does she do? That’s cool. I’ve never seen a woman up there.”
Madigan will attend the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal as a part of New Jersey’s team. The draft begins Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m. ET.
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