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Maple Leafs hire Lou Lamoriello as general manager; veteran executive won 3 titles with Devils

  • FILE - In this April 14, 2014, file photo, then-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello talks to the media in Newark, N.J. The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired longtime NHL executive Lou Lamoriello as general manager. Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan said Thursday, July 23, 2015, he wanted NHL experience, and he got almost three decades of it in Lamoriello. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

    FILE - In this April 14, 2014, file photo, then-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello talks to the media in Newark, N.J. The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired longtime NHL executive Lou Lamoriello as general manager. Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan said Thursday, July 23, 2015, he wanted NHL experience, and he got almost three decades of it in Lamoriello. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan, left,  and Lou Lamoriello hold up a jersey at a news conference to announce Lamoriello has been named the new general manager of the Maple Leafs NHL hockey team in Toronto, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan, left, and Lou Lamoriello hold up a jersey at a news conference to announce Lamoriello has been named the new general manager of the Maple Leafs NHL hockey team in Toronto, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lou Lamoriello attends a news conference to announce that he has been named the new general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Toronto, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Lou Lamoriello attends a news conference to announce that he has been named the new general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Toronto, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired longtime NHL executive Lou Lamoriello as general manager.

Lamoriello resigned as New Jersey Devils president to take the job. Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan said Thursday he wanted NHL experience, and he got almost three decades of it in Lamoriello.

The 72-year-old Lamoriello stepped down as Devils general manager this summer when the team hired Ray Shero. New Jersey won three Stanley Cups during Lamoriello's stay.

The Maple Leafs fired general manager Dave Nonis after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.