Monday, May 23, 2005

The Magic is in Hockey

Imagine the amazement and shock to check out the headlines for the day and to read that a journeyman front office boss John Weisbrod decide to give up on his job as General Manager of the NBA's Orlando Magic to pursue a job in hockey.

I don't quite understand why he would chose to do something like this now. It's the metaphorical equivalent to getting out of the lifeboat to get on the Titanic while it's sinking.

According to the Sportsterminal.com article, here is his qualifications:
But hockey is his true passion. Weisbrod was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1987 and also played for the San Jose Sharks. After retiring due to a shoulder injury, Weisbrod trained as an executive under New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.

Weisbrod spent four seasons as director of hockey operations for Albany - the American Hockey League affiliate of the Devils. In his tenure, the River Rats won the Calder Cup in 1995 and three division titles.

Weisbrod then took over as vice president and general manager of the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League in September 1997. In four years under his direction, the Solar Bears had the highest winning percentage in the IHL and captured the Turner Cup in 2000-01.
In a related story..... I'm about to apply for a job at K-Mart!

[Via: Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsterminal.com]
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