Report: NHL team hires Weisbrod as GM
6/3/2005 10:44:08 PM
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that former Magic general manager
John Weisbrod has been hired as a GM of an undisclosed National
Hockey League team.
Weisbrod, a Harvard grad who was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars
and resigned from the Magic to pursue a job in hockey, was initially
rumoured to be a candidate for the vacant NHL GM's job in Anaheim,
but he has denied that.
The new owners in Anaheim, who have yet to officially close the deal
to buy the team, have told many that NHL experience is the key
criteria for the Ducks' new GM, which makes TSN analyst and former
Vancouver Canuck GM Brian Burke the leading candidate.
There are no other vacant GM jobs in the NHL that is anyone is aware
But Weisbrod's connection to the New Jersey Devils - he was
previously involved in running the Devils' minor league operation in
Albany, N.Y. - has many in the NHL fraternity speculating that
perhaps Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello may be preparing to step aside as
GM and concentrate on the Devils' efforts to get a new arena built in
New Jersey. But that speculation is nothing more than rumours at this
Weisbrod spent four seasons as director of hockey operations in
Albany. 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