Just a week and a half after he was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kyle Dubas is joining the front office of the Pittsburgh Penguins as President of Hockey Operations, the team announced on Thursday.

He's just the second person to hold the position in the history of the franchise, after Brian Burke was hired in 2021.

The 37-year-old will oversee all aspects of the Penguins hockey operations department, including “establishing the strategic vision and philosophy for the franchise.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Kyle to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Throughout his career, Kyle has proven himself as a forward-thinking hockey mind and embodies all of the qualities – integrity, intelligence, and an unwavering commitment to building a winning culture – that we value in a leader at the Penguins and within Fenway Sports Group,” said Fenway Sports Group Principal Owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner in a joint statement.

“It did not take long to be impressed by Kyle, the reputation he's cultivated for himself in and around the National Hockey League, and his vision for the organization on and off the ice. His passion for the sport and ability to foster collaborative relationships with his staff, coaches and players is the type of leadership style that will undoubtedly resonate with the front office and set us on a new path for success in the near-term with our current championship-caliber core and beyond with a commitment to sustainable, long-term success.”

Dubas spent nine seasons as part of the Maple Leafs organization, including five as the team's general manager. He was unable to bring a Stanley Cup to Toronto, and the team won just one playoff round under his leadership.

“On behalf of my family, we are thrilled to join the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and all of the incredible people across Fenway Sports Group,” Dubas said in a statement on Thursday. “I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity that lies ahead of me. The ownership group, FSG leadership and the Penguins staff on the ground in Pittsburgh have been absolutely outstanding.”

Kyle Dubas will work to recreate the success the Penguins have had with the superstar core of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang; the team won three Stanley Cups in 2009, 2016 and 2017.