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Leafs hire Mark Hunter as director of player personnel

Guelph Storm v London Knights

LONDON, ON - APRIL 8: Linseman Kevin Hastings #61 has words with assistant coach Mark Hunter of the London Knights during an OHL game against the Guelph Storm in Game Three of the OHL Western Conference Semi-Final at the Budweiser Gardens on April 8, 2014 in London, Ontario, Canada. The Storm defeated the Knights 4-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Mark Hunter their new director of player personnel.

Hunter -- a veteran of 628 NHL games with five different teams -- has spent the last 12 seasons as owner, vice president and general manager of the OHL’s powerhouse London Knights.

“I am very excited about joining the Toronto Maple Leafs organization,” said Hunter in a release. “I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by Brendan Shanahan, David Nonis and the entire management team. I would like to thank the London Knights organization for 12 great years. I am looking forward to the start of a new chapter in Toronto.”

Hunter bolsters a front office that was already bolstered this summer by the hiring of assistant GM Kyle Dubas. That move, though, coincided with the departures of VP of hockey ops Dave Poulin and assistant GM Claude Loiselle.