Habs name former Ducks, Kings VP Kevin Gilmour as chief operating officer

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MONTREAL - Former Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings vice-president Kevin Gilmour is the new chief operating officer of the Montreal Canadiens.

The bi-lingual native of Arvida, Que., will work in corporate sales, marketing and communications for the NHL club, team owner Geoff Molson announced Thursday.

He replaces Ray Lalonde, who left in mid-season and had since been named president of the Montreal Alouettes.

Gilmour helped land an NHL franchise for Anaheim when he worked for the Walt Disney Company in the 1990s. He later moved to the Kings and then worked for the Anschultz Entertainment Group.

"His extensive knowledge of the sports and entertainment industry, along with his legal experience and management qualities make him a top-rate asset for our company," Molson said in a statement.

The move was part of a management restructuring that will also see Molson take over as team president from Pierre Boivin in June.