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FIRST ROUND, 2006 NHL ENTRY DRAFT IN VANCOUVER
Wayne Gretzky (L), head coach with Cliff Fletcher, V.P. of Hockey Operations, both from the Phoenix Coyotes, wait for the start of the first round of the 2006 NHL entry draft being held at Vancouver's GM Place, June 24, 2006. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)
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George Clifford Fletcher (born 16 August 1935 in Montreal, Quebec) is a National Hockey League executive and is a former general manager of the Atlanta Flames/Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Phoenix Coyotes . He is currently a Senior Advisor to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Some of his nicknames are the "Silver Fox" and "Trader Cliff".

Fletcher started his career in 1956 for the Montreal Canadiens as a scout under Sam Pollock, then later became the General Manager of the Verdun Blues junior team.

He joined the expansion St. Louis Blues in 1966 as a scout for Eastern Canada worked his way up to the assistant GM position. With Fletcher's help, the Blues advanced to the Stanley Cup finals in each of their first three years. In 1972, he jumped at the chance to run his own team when offered a GM position in Atlanta.

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