KINGS GENERAL MANAGER 1994-1997
All-Time Kings GMs
After two years as a scout with the Kings, Sam McMaster became the club's sixth General Manager on May 24, 1994, a post he held until April 22, 1997 when Dave Taylor took over as Kings GM.
Before joining the Kings, McMaster served as Director of Operations and General Manager for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League for six seasons. In 1988, McMaster inherited a struggling franchise that had missed the playoffs in seven of the previous eight seasons and was averaging 900 fans per game. During McMaster's reign, Sudbury made the playoffs in five of his six years, while attendance rose to 4,000 per game. In 1991, McMaster's efforts were rewarded with the OHL's Executive of the Year Award.
From 1985 to 1988, McMaster served in the Washington Capitals' front office, helping with the coordination of their scouting efforts.
McMaster's international hockey experience consists of serving as Director of Operations for Ontario Under 18, an all-star squad of age-group players who compete against international competition. In his two years as the Director, Ontario won gold medals at the Canada Winter Games and the World Challenge Cup.
Before turning to a career in hockey, McMaster was a high school business teacher and a course instructor at Laurentian University in Sudbury. He also worked in computer sales for IBM for two years. A native of Vancouver, BC, McMaster holds degrees from University of British Columbia and University of Toronto.