Staios leaves Leafs to become Bulldogs president

Steve Staios is pictured in 2011 with the New York Islanders. (Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke/CP)

Steve Staios has been named president of the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, the club announced Friday.

The Hamilton native leaves his role as manager of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Staios played 18 seasons in the NHL, including eight for the Oilers, and was hired by Toronto following his retirement in 2012.

Staios also served as an assistant coach on the Leafs for part of last season.

"We are truly thankful to Steve Staios for the valuable role he has played within the Leafs organization," Kyle Dubas, Leafs assistant general manager, said in a press release. "We are also excited for Steve as the Bulldogs set roots in his native Hamilton - he will serve that club and community incredibly well.”