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Penguins sign Shero to five-year contract extension

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General manager and executive vice president will remain with club through 2015-16 season

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Ray Shero to a five-year contract extension as executive vice president and general manager, the team announced today.

Shero originally signed a five-year deal entering the 2006-07 season. The new agreement extends his contract through 2015-16.

“This was an easy decision,” said co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle in a joint statement. “Ray has done a tremendous job with our hockey operation – not only leading us to the Stanley Cup in 2009 but also building a team that can continue to compete for the Cup year after year.”

“In addition to his work with our on-ice product, Ray also has created a family atmosphere in our organization, where players know they will be treated very well,” said David Morehouse, the team’s CEO. “He is committed to having our players and coaches involved in the community and our charitable efforts, and helping to make the Penguins a positive asset to the Pittsburgh region.”

Shero, 48, built his resume in 14 seasons as an assistant general manager in the NHL – six with the Ottawa Senators and eight with the Nashville Predators. He played college hockey at St. Lawrence University, twice serving as team captain, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1982. He spent seven years as a player agent before making the transition to the front office.

A native of St. Paul, MN, Ray is the son of the late Fred Shero, who coached the Philadelphia Flyers to two Stanley Cups and also served as GM and coach of the New York Rangers. They are one of the few father-son tandems to have their names inscribed on the Cup.

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