“Mike Penny, with John Ferguson right there, said, `There’s no f–king way we’re f–king signing a guy and having him play in f–king Sweden. What the f–k is this bullshit?'” says Button. “I’m sitting there thinking, `Okay. Don’t listen to me. That’s okay. But you hired this guy, Thommie Bergman, and this is his job, to find talent in Europe, and this is how he gets treated?’ But that’s exactly what was said.”
Mike Penny, 58, was named the director of player personnel of the Maple Leafs on July 31, 2000. In the summer of 2002 he added the assistant general manager portfolio to his duties. In his role, Penny is consulted on all team personnel decisions and manages the areas of amateur and pro scouting and administrative duties assigned by the general manager. In addition, he is the general manager of the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, and is directly responsible for all player personnel assignments with the team’s minor league affiliates.
Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Penny spent the previous 20 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. During Penny’s tenure in Vancouver he held several positions such as assistant general manager, director of player development and scouting, and chief scout. Most recently he was in the role of vice-president, amateur scouting. He was named to that position in August of 1988.
Before joining the Canucks, Penny was the general manager of the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League from 1975-1980. The Montreal native was also an amateur scout with the New York Rangers from 1969-1975.