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David M. Nonis (born May 25, 1966) is a Canadian former ice hockey defenceman. He is a special assignment scout for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL) and serves as a consultant to the team's general manager, Bob Murray.

Dave Nonis
Born (1966-05-25) May 25, 1966 (age 53)
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Univ. of Maine
Playing career 1982–1988

Playing careerEdit

Growing up in Burnaby, B.C., Nonis played junior hockey with the Burnaby Bluehawks of the BCJHL in 1982–83. He then began collegiate hockey in the NCAA at the University of Maine, playing 153 games from 1984 through 1988. Nonis spent his final two years for the Bears as team captain, leading Maine to back-to-back NCAA championship tournaments. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988, Nonis played a year of professional hockey for Aalborg (AaB) in the Danish Hockey League. In 1989, he returned to the University of Maine as an assistant coach for one season.

Executive careerEdit

Nonis replaced Brian Burke as the Vancouver Canucks' general manager in 2004. At 37 years old, he was the youngest general manager in team history. Prior to being GM for the Canucks, he spent six years working closely with Burke as senior vice-president and director of hockey operations for the franchise. In three seasons as general manager, his most significant transaction was trading for superstar goaltender Roberto Luongo from the Florida Panthers at the conclusion of his first season as GM.

Upon the completion of the 2007–08 season, the Canucks missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons; subsequently, on April 14, 2008, Nonis was relieved of his duties as general manager of the Canucks.[1]

Two months later, on June 21, 2008, Nonis was hired as senior advisor of hockey operations for the Anaheim Ducks,[2] reuniting with longtime boss Brian Burke, who had been General Manager of the Ducks since 2005.

On December 4, 2008, Nonis accepted the position of senior vice-president and director of hockey operations of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nonis accepted the post and it marked the third time he served under Brian Burke. On May 10, 2010 he signed an extension to keep his position through the 2011-12 season.[3]

On January 9, 2013, Nonis was named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs after Burke was relieved of his duties.[4] Under Nonis, the Maple Leafs made the 2013 playoffs for the first time since 2004. However, after two disappointing seasons, Nonis was relieved of his duties on April 12, 2015, one day after the 2014-15 regular season ended, along with head coach Peter Horachek, assistant coaches Steve Spott and Chris Denis, and goaltending coach Rick St. Croix.[5]

On July 3, 2015, the Anaheim Ducks announced they had hired Nonis as a special assignment scout and a consultant to the team's general manager, Bob Murray.


David is married to Susan, with whom he has one son, Nicholas. He has two brothers and a sister and is also a second cousin of sportscaster Darren Dreger of TSN.


  1. ^ ""Canucks Part Ways With General Manager",, (2008)".
  2. ^ ""Ducks add ex-Canuck Nonis to stable",, (2008)".
  3. ^ "Nonis expected to sign extension with Maple Leafs". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  4. ^ Toronto Maple Leafs have fired Brian Burke. Toronto Sun, January 9, 2013.
  5. ^ ""Maple Leafs fire GM Nonis, interim coach Horachek",, (2015)".

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Preceded by
Brian Burke
General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks
Succeeded by
Mike Gillis
Preceded by
Brian Burke
General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Succeeded by
Lou Lamoriello