Before joining the Canadiens, Sedgwick was a member of the NHL hockey operations department in Toronto from 2006-13 and before he practiced corporate and commercial law at the McInnes Cooper firm in Halifax.
Sedgwick said he learned a lot working with Bergevin and former assistant GMs Trevor Timmins and Scott Mellanby, along with Rick Dudley, the Canadiens’ former senior vice-president of hockey operations. Now Sedgwick is looking forward to learning more from Gorton and Hughes.
Sedgwick answered questions in English and French during his news conference at the Bell Center and said he will continue working with a tutor to improve his French.
“I’m someone with a growth mindset… I really like to learn,” he said. “I found working with Kent so far is very interesting because he comes at it from a very different perspective (as a former player agent). We’ve done some contracts together in the past. I think I can learn a lot from Kent and Jeff the same.
“(Gorton) brings a wealth of years from two different organizations (as GM of the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers) and how they did things. So I think for me it’s just a great opportunity to keep growing as a hockey executive. Keep learning, keep finding better ways to do things. My initial impressions of both is that they have a similar mindset. So that’s comforting.”