TORONTO -- After spending seven years as an executive
with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden is running for federal
The team announced on Monday that Dryden is stepping down from
his position as vice chairman to pursue a federal seat in the
House of Commons. The 56-year-old will run for Canada's governing Liberal
He announced his plans at center ice at Air Canada Centre,
home of the Maple Leafs. A federal election is expected to be
called within days.
"Ken has been an outstanding ambassador for our organization
over the last seven years and the game of hockey," Maple
Leafs chairman Larry Tanenbaum said. "Moving into politics is a
natural fit for Ken. He has always been passionate about
serving the community and being a strong role model."
A Hall of Fame goaltender and a six-time Stanley Cup champion
with the Montreal Canadiens, Dryden joined the Maple Leafs as
president in May 1997. He added the additional duties of
general manager that summer before assigning the position to coach Pat Quinn in
In July 2003, Dryden was named vice chairman of Maple Leaf
Sports and Entertainment Limited and a member of the team's
board of directors.
"Leafs fans and MLSEL saw this passion through his work with the
Leafs charitable arm, Go Kids Go! The Leafs Fund," Tanenbaum
said. "It's fitting that he's moving to a field where he can
continue to serve the community."
A graduate of Cornell University in 1969, Dryden completed law
school at McGill University while playing for the Canadiens.
Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.