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Yzerman thinks BriseBois will have ‘long and outstanding career’ as NHL GM

May 26, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT


He’s only 37 years old, but age isn’t keeping Julien BriseBois’s name off the list of potential new general managers in Pittsburgh and Washington.

BriseBois, currently an assistant GM in Tampa Bay, already has the endorsement of his Lightning boss, Steve Yzerman.

“He’s got tremendous experience at all facets and responsibilities of a general manager,” Yzerman said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s going to have a long and outstanding career as a GM.”

Per the Lightning’s website, BriseBois assists Yzerman “in all aspects of player personnel decisions, contract preparation and negotiation, and salary arbitration for the Lightning and the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, for whom he also serves as general manager.”

But BriseBois isn’t your typical NHL executive. He never played hockey at a high level, so you won’t find his name at Armed with a law degree and MBA, his first NHL job was in the legal department of the Montreal Canadiens.

Whether that unique career trajectory hurts his chances of one day becoming an NHL GM, we’ll have to wait and see. Most of the current GMs have at least some high-level playing experience, and scouting and player development seem to be areas that teams are focusing heavily on now.

Then again, there will be areas of the job where BriseBois will have the superior qualifications.

And besides, at 37, he’s got plenty of time to add to his résumé.

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  1. killhowe - May 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    It may be a selfish wish, but I hope TB can hold onto him for as long as possible. He has contributed to Tampa’s very successful drafting the past few years.

    • vanindeed - May 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Who would have thought to pick Stamkos and Hedman. Good work

      • pfhockey - May 27, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        Draft year 2011- Namestnikov, Kucherov, Wilcox, Palat
        2012- Koekkoek, Vasilevski, Blujus
        2013- Drouin, Erne, Gudlevskis, Ikonen
        BTW, he did not join the Lightning until the month after the draft of 2010.
        Good work, I mean no work.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - May 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I’d take him in Pittsburgh. He seems like the only worthy candidate to take the job.

  3. nflnhlrulznbasux - May 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Please, someone hire McGuire! Even though he’ll ruin your team and destroy your franchise, we’ll all be free from hearing his squeaky, weasly, know-where-every-player-played-in pee-wee-useless-information-knowledge squabble for a few months until he’s hired back on air (don’t know why he would be) after he’s fired……and I detest Bob Cole too. and PJ Stock. but not as bad as Pierre.

    ……now I feel better!

  4. bolt1991 - May 26, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Stamkos and Hedman were picked by Brian Lawton when OK Hockey owned the team. Of course they were no brainers.

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