John Chayka is the general manager of the Arizona Coyotes, a professional hockey organization in the National Hockey League. In his first season with the franchise, he has already been recognized for acquiring several new, key players and has been tasked with the overall goal of team improvement, as the Coyotes finished with just 35 wins and 39 losses to their name last season and have been without a playoff berth since 2011.
While he may have to deal with the same tasks as the over 150 other general managers in North America, Chayka has one attribute sets him apart from any other GM in the NHL, or in any of the major professional sports leagues for that matter: His age.
Chayka was hired when he was just 26 years old. Though he has since celebrated a 27th birthday, Chayka had already secured a spot in the record books as the youngest general manager hired in professional sports history.
To put that in perspective, there is a 16 year age gap between Chayka and Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks, who previously held the title of "youngest general manager in hockey." Lou Lamoriello, the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is 46 years his senior, old enough to be Chayka's grandfather.