While the alterations actually haven’t been as drastic as I originally expected, it’s still been a summer of considerable change for the San Jose Sharks franchise. The team let Evgeni Nabokov take a lucrative contract with the KHL after 10 years as their No. 1 goalie. Rob Blake retired. Role player and faceoff expert Manny Malhotra departed for more money with the Vancouver Canucks.
The Sharks lost another crucial piece of the franchise, but in today’s case, it was in the front office. The team released news that long-time president and CEO Greg Jamison will step away from his position. Here is an excerpt from the team’s press release.
Long-time San Jose Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison announced today he has decided to step away from his position and the day-to-day operations of the highly-successful and well-respected National Hockey League franchise on Oct. 1. The process of finding a replacement will begin shortly.
Moving forward, Jamison will continue to be involved with the franchise. He remains a member of the ownership group and serves as the franchise’s Governor to the NHL as well as on the League’s ten-person Executive Committee, a position he was elected to by the NHL’s Board of Governors in 2007. In addition, he will remain active in his position as president of the Sharks Foundation.
Named as president in 1996, Jamison, 60, has overseen the day-to-day business operations for the Sharks and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E). Under his guidance, the organization has grown into one of the most respected in all of sports, building a strong and talented front office and executive team.
The Sharks certainly have come a long way since ’96. Even the most cynical, playoff-focused pessimist would probably admit that much.
While you cannot lay all of that success at Jamison’s feet, successful teams often develop from the top down. If the Sharks want to build on the momentum they’ve developed over the last 15 years or so, they’ll need to maintain the front office competence they’ve developed over the years.