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McNamara leaves Griffins after 15 seasons

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 12:08 PM ET / Press Release
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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McNamara leaves Griffins after 15 seasons
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.

“We are extremely appreciative of everything Bob has done for our franchise dating back to our inaugural season in 1996-97,” said DeVos, the Griffins’ president and CEO. “He has been one of the key people involved in helping create and sustain our franchise’s reputation for excellence. From being named the IHL’s General Manager of the Year during our first season, to reaching the Turner Cup Finals in 2000, to winning four consecutive division titles, Bob has established an impressive record of success and served as the face of our team.”

“While we are sad to say goodbye to Bob, we know that he will continue to find success in his career,” added Van Andel, chairman of the Griffins. “Bob not only has been a valued colleague, but also a great friend. We wish nothing but the best for Bob and his family in whatever the future holds next for them.”

After careful consideration of both McNamara’s departure and the changing dynamics of the sport, the Griffins have opted to forego hiring a new GM. Instead, they’ll work with the Detroit Red Wings to implement the model used by nearly all of the AHL’s 30 teams, in which the NHL club has primary responsibility for the hockey operations of its AHL affiliate. Under this new structure, various day-to-day responsibilities of the GM will be reassigned within the Griffins organization.

“Our affiliation with Detroit has evolved to the point where the Red Wings supply nearly all of our players,” said DeVos. “Over time they’ve taken on greater responsibilities and a larger and more active role in our hockey operations, so we’re confident it will be a seamless transition to this new model.”

Nine years into an affiliation that runs through the upcoming 2011-12 season, the Griffins and Red Wings have begun discussions regarding modification and extension of the current agreement, with one of the primary goals being to structure a relationship that will foster on-ice success for both the Red Wings and the Griffins.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59