Assistant General Manager
Now in his 16th season with the Predators, and his eighth as the club’s assistant general manager, Paul Fenton has been instrumental in bringing in many of Nashville’s core players, primarily through the draft, but also through trades and free agent signings.
After serving as the director of player personnel for the Predators’ first eight seasons, Fenton was promoted to assistant general man¬ager on June 5, 2006, where he oversees the Predators’ amateur player development, manages the team’s professional and amateur scouting staff and advises President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile on player personnel decisions. He has assisted in player acquisitions since joining the Predators and managed the club’s Entry Draft efforts from 2003 (when the team selected Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Alexander Sulzer) until 2008 when he passed the torch to Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty.
In 2012-13, the Predators used 17 players drafted and developed by the team – which included 10 of the team’s top 12 point getters – and five more who were acquired by Nashville before making their NHL debut, meaning 22 of 34 players used by the Predators in each of the last two seasons have been “homegrown.”
Fenton also serves as general manager of the Predators’ primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, who made their AHL-record 11th consecutive playoff appearance in 2013 despite seeing 11 of their top players recalled to Nashville during various points of the season. The Admirals extended their playoff streak thanks to a 15-4-1 record in their final 20 games. Milwaukee has won four division titles in the past 10 sea¬sons, and became the first team in AHL history to post 40-or-more wins and 90-or-more points in eight consecutive seasons from 2002-03 to 2010-11. He also served as Associate GM for Team USA at the 2011 World Championships.
Fenton joined the Predators after spending five seasons in the Anaheim Ducks’ hockey operations department. He served as a scout during his first three seasons with the Ducks and as the chief professional scout the last two years. A number of players drafted during Fenton’s run with the Ducks – such as Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin, Ruslan Salei and Mike LeClerc – led Anaheim to the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals. The Springfield, Mass., native also helped facilitate one of the Anaheim franchise’s largest trades, the February 1996 acquisition of Teemu Selanne.
Fenton played eight seasons in the NHL before joining the scouting ranks. He amassed 100 goals and 83 assists in 411 NHL contests while playing for seven different NHL teams, including San Jose during the Sharks’ inaugural season (1991-92). In 1989-90, the former Boston University Terrier scored an NHL career-high 32 goals for the Winnipeg Jets, and his playing resume also includes three selections to AHL and IHL All-Star teams.
Paul and his wife, Nona, reside in Brentwood. They have two sons, P.J. and Owen. P.J. was the San Jose Sharks’ sixth selection, 162nd overall (fifth round), in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and will play his sixth professional season in Germany in 2013-14 with the Heilbronner Falken after winning the 2013 Bundesliga title with the Bietigheim Steelers. Owen is entering his fourth year as a doctorate student in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).