July 24 1959
|Occupation||general manager of the Florida Panthers|
Randy Sexton (born July 24, 1959) is an ice hockey executive and former athlete. He is currently the general manager of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League(NHL). He was one of the founders of the Ottawa Senators professional ice hockey NHL club in Ottawa, Canada. He later became Ottawa's second general manager.
Born in Brockville, Ontario, Randy Sexton attended St. Lawrence University from 1978 until 1982 on a hockey scholarship after playing for the Cornwall Royals. He served as team captain during his final two seasons, earning awards including All-American honors, Senior Male Athlete of the Year, Most Valuable Player and the Brian P. Doyle Leadership Award. From 1983-1985 he served as an assistant coach with St. Lawrence, while also handling scouting and recruiting responsibilities. He later earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Clarkson University.
In 1989, Mr. Sexton, was vice-president of Terrace Investments, a commercial development firm in Ottawa. Bruce Firestone, then president & CEO, developed the idea of reviving NHL hockey in Ottawa, adopting for the club the old Ottawa Senators name. In the original plan, their privately financed arena would anchor a new 'West Terrace' 'mini-city' land development in Kanata, Ontario on class "A" farmland. Sexton, along with Mr. Firestone and Cyril Leeder were the principal persons behind the successful drive to win a new NHL franchise in 1990.
Mr. Sexton would later be named general manager by majority owner Rod Bryden in 1993 and served until 1995. He was fired in December 1995 due to the poor performance of the hockey club in the 1995–96 season. He then turned to sports marketing with the firm Capital Sports Management, which provided strategic advice to the Senators. When the Senators built the Bell Sensplex ice rink facility in 2004, Mr. Sexton was named Executive director.
On January 27, 2007, Sexton was hired as the assistant general manager of the Florida Panthers, serving under then-General Manager Jacques Martin, the former head coach of the Ottawa Senators. His responsibilities included overseeing scouting operations, player development, hockey administration and contract negotiations.
Sexton was appointed Panthers General Manager on October 2, 2009, after Jacques Martin's resignation.
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|General managers of the Ottawa Senators|
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|General managers of the Florida Panthers|
2009 – present