Assistant General Manager
Now in his 15th season with the Predators, and his seventh 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 manager 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 been in charge of all player acquisitions since joining the Predators and managed the club’s Entry Draft efforts since 2003 (when the team selected Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Alexander Sulzer), doing so jointly with Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty in the process since 2008.
In 2011-12, a franchise-record 22 of 34 players to appear in at least one game were drafted and developed by the Predators. When Nashville became the only Western Conference club to advance to the second round of the playoffs in back-to-back years in 2012, 15 players were drafted and developed by Fenton and his staff.
Fenton also serves as general manager of the Predators’ primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, who made their 10th consecutive playoff appearance in 2012. The Admirals have won four division titles in the past nine seasons, 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 impressive 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 fourth professional season in Germany in 2012-13 with the Bietigheim Steelers and his wife Stefanie is an assistant manager at KPMG in Stuttgart, Germany. Owen is a doctorate student in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).