Thursday, August 05, 2010

Paliafito named assistant GM in Saginaw

The Saginaw Spirit announced the promotion of Jim Paliafito to the position of assistant general manager Wednesday.

Paliafito was hired as the Spirit’s director of scouting in March 2009 and moving forward, he will continue to play a key role in the organization’s scouting process as well as being more involved in the team’s administrative side and in the overall direction of the hockey club.

"Jim has done everything he has said he was going to do when he came here to Saginaw,” stated Saginaw coach-GM Todd Watson. “He has recruited and scouted vigorously in Ontario and the United States, and although he makes his home in Kentucky, he has always been a fixture on the road as he logs endless miles trying to improve our team.

"Since he joined the Spirit, he has held two very good drafts and has played a critical role with player acquisitions and as such, I have come to depend on Jim's input and opinions as he helped shape our team. He has continued what John Kisil started in bringing in free agents to Saginaw. John was the one who brought in Tyler Murovich and Ryan Schnell. Jim continued that path by adding Garret Ross, Michael Kantor and Dalton Young through free agency. He was also instrumental in bringing Ivan Telegin and Brandon Saad to Saginaw.”

“Jim has demonstrated an outstanding feel for talent during his time as the head scout for the Spirit,” stated Spirit president and partner Craig Goslin. “His work ethic, eye for the intangibles and strong character have earned him this promotion to assistant general manager.”

“Jim is loyal to the Spirit program and has become a trusted and close friend of mine in his short time with the team," added Watson. "His contributions have been significant and promoting him to assistant general manager will allow him to have continued input in our program’s development. Dick Garber and Craig Goslin have been very supportive of Jim and together, we will work to bring to Saginaw a championship caliber team that all of our fans deserve."

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