by Paul on 06/23/11 at 11:54 AM ET
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After serving 15 seasons as the only general manager in Grand Rapids Griffins history, Bob McNamara on Thursday announced that he will not return for the 2011-12 season, looking instead to pursue new opportunities in the hockey world.
McNamara guided the Griffins to aggregate records of 627-448-135 (0.574) during the regular season and 45-47 (0.489) during the playoffs while helping advance 117 players to the NHL. Since 2000, the Griffins have claimed five division titles and earned regular season championships in both the American Hockey League (2005-06) and the International Hockey League (2000-01).
“It’s been a great run over the last 15 years, beyond what I could have imagined when I came to Grand Rapids,” said McNamara. “But as difficult as it is to leave this organization, it’s time for me to look for a new challenge.
“Staying in one place for so long doesn’t happen very often in our industry, and I’ve been very fortunate to work with outstanding players, coaches and front office staff and enjoy the incredible support of Griffins fans. Most of all, I’d like to thank [owners] Dan DeVos and David Van Andel for the opportunity they gave me, the trust they placed in me, and the friendship they showed me throughout the years,” added McNamara.
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