Detroit – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Steve Zerman announced today that Sean Horkoff has been named Assistant General Manager for the Red Wings and General Manager for Grand Rapids Griffins from the American Hockey League.
Horkoff will work alongside Yzerman on all matters of hockey operations at the Red Wings, as well as being responsible for the Griffins’ day-to-day operations, including employee decisions, contract negotiations, and player movement.
“I am very excited about my new role with the Red Wings and look forward to continuing the winning culture and tradition at Grand Rapids,” Horcoff said. “I have been very fortunate to establish relationships with players, coaches, and front office staff within the Red Wings organization over the past six years, and I am excited about the opportunity to further advance our prospects at Grand Rapids and help them become influential players in the National Hockey League.”
Horkoff, 43, spent six seasons as a player development manager for the Red Wings — plus the last three seasons as an assistant player manager — after joining the Red Wings ahead of the 2016-17 season after 1,008 NHL games. As Director of Player Development, Horkoff oversaw and evaluated Detroit’s prospects for playing at the junior, collegiate level or in Europe. He was also assigned to run the team’s development camp, which was held right after the annual NHL Entry Draft.
“Shawn has a tremendous work ethic and has done an amazing job developing the prospects within our organization, helping them prepare for the next steps in their careers,” said Yzerman. “The relationships he has built within the organization—and across the hockey community—make him a valuable asset for our futures in both Detroit and Grand Rapids, and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”
As a player, Horkoff was originally a fourth-round pick (99th place overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and went on to skate in the NHL for 15 seasons (2000-16), scoring 511 points (186-325-511) and 624 penalty minutes. In the NHL All-Star in 2008, Horkoff spent most of his NHL career with Edmonton (2000-13), serving as captain from 2010-13 and producing 73 points (22-51-73) in 2005-06, while assisting The Oilers team reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Horkoff also spent two seasons with the Dallas Stars (2013-15) and spent his last NHL campaign with the Anaheim Ducks in 2015-16. Horkoff also has ties to Michigan State, earning 152 points (50-102-152) in 155 games with the Michigan State Spartans from 1996 to 2000. The Spartans were a two-time CCHA champion (1998 and 2000) during Hurkoff’s collegiate career, which he crowned By winning this year’s CCHA award in 1999-00.