San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison is stepping down from his job running the day-to-day operations of the club.
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The team announced Wednesday that Jamison’s last day as CEO will be Oct. 1. A search for a replacement will begin soon. Jamison will remain part of the ownership and will be the team’s representative on the NHL’s Board of Governors.
”I think the time is about right,” Jamison said Wednesday. ”The franchise is in incredible shape. We have an absolutely wonderful ownership group who cares deeply about the team. The management group is strong and we have an incredible group of players. I’m not going away, I’m just stepping back a little bit and look at life from a different point of view.”
The 60-year-old Jamison took over as president of the team in 1996. In 13 seasons, the team has made the playoffs 11 times, made it to the Western Conference final twice and won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2009 for the best record in the regular season. The Sharks were 530-377-155 during his tenure.
”I don’t expect too many changes,” Jamison said. ”Our franchise is in great hands. I’m excited how we’ll continue to grow as a franchise.”
Jamison also hired Doug Wilson as general manager. Wilson has put together a perennial contender, including last year’s team that lost to Chicago in the Western Conference final.
”We like working, playing and living in the San Jose area,” Jamison said. ”Going back to the first game we played here, it was against Chicago and we opened the doors and people were in awe of the new building.”
Among his cherished memories are the Sharks’ playoff run in 1993-94 and the sellout streak at the Pavilion.
”Even over the past few years this team we have now has continued the evolution,” Jamison said. ”Doug Wilson and the coaching staff has done a great job. I love what I’m doing. I have the greatest job in the world. I will always be a San Jose Sharks fan.”