UPDATE via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications - The Tampa Bay Lightning named Julien BriseBois to the position of Vice President, General Manager and Alternate Governor, Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced today. BriseBois, who becomes the seventh General Manager in Lightning history, replaces Steve Yzerman, who is stepping aside to become Senior Advisor to the General Manager. BriseBois had served as the team’s Assistant General Manager under Yzerman for the past eight years.
“I am pleased to introduce Julien BriseBois today as the new Vice President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning,” Vinik said upon making the announcement. “Julien has been preparing himself for this role for much longer than the eight years he has served as our Assistant General Manager. He is smart, experienced, well-prepared and progressive, sharing the draft and develop philosophy with Steve that has worked so well for us. I am confident that he will maintain our standard of sustained excellence, hopefully guiding us to a Stanley Cup in the near future.
“As Steve transitions from the position of General Manager into his new role, I thank him, on behalf of everyone in the Lightning organization for all that he has done to lead our team to this point, laying the groundwork for our franchise to be one of the best in the NHL. We are pleased that he remains in the organization, helping contribute to our future success.”
A native of Greenland Park, Quebec, BriseBois, 41, was hired as Assistant General Manager by Steve Yzerman in July 2010 from the Montreal Canadiens, where he was serving as the team’s Vice President of Hockey Operations. In his role as Tampa Bay’s Assistant General Manager, BriseBois provided significant input in player personnel and player development, while overseeing analytics, contract preparation and negotiation and scheduling. He also served as the General Manager of the Syracuse Crunch, the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate. BriseBois’ minor league teams have reached the Calder Cup Finals five times, winning the Cup in Hamilton in 2007 (while BriseBois was with the Montreal Canadiens) and in Norfolk under head coach Jon Cooper in 2012 (with Tampa Bay).
“I am very grateful for the opportunity that Jeff Vinik is providing me today and I thank Steve Yzerman for all that he has done for me personally and professionally while I worked as his assistant,” said BriseBois in accepting the position.“ Jeff is a great owner and I am excited to lead his hockey team and fulfill his vision. Steve has been a terrific general manager and a great mentor to me – I look forward to our continued work together, only with different titles next to our names. I am thankful that he has accepted this new position and will continue to play an active role with our team. Together with (Assistant General Manager and Player Personnel Director) Pat Verbeek, (Director of Amateur Scouting) Al Murray, (Director of Player Development) Stacy Roest, coach Jon Cooper and the rest of our staff, our goals remain the same: winning the Stanley Cup while ensuring that we can be a strong team for years into the future.”
Steve Yzerman has been Vice President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning for eight seasons, joining the organization on May 25, 2010, just over two months after Jeff Vinik purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon taking over the team’s hockey operations department, Yzerman completely rebuilt his staff and brought the draft and develop philosophy that looks to pay dividends for years to come. In his eight seasons as General Manager, the Lightning have advanced to the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals four times (2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018) and to the Stanley Cup Final once (2015).
“I believe the Lightning are a Stanley Cup contending team and I’m excited to be in this new role assisting Julien, Jon Cooper and the entire Hockey Operations staff as Julien takes over as General Manager,” said Yzerman. “This new position will allow me to spend more time with my wife and three daughters who live and attend college in cities in the northern United States. At the direction of Jeff Vinik, this organization has been committed to excellence and it will remain so under Julien’s guidance.”
The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final in three of the past four seasons, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2015. Tampa Bay came within one game of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final again last season, losing to eventual Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in game seven of the Eastern Conference Final. The team starts training camp for the 2018-19 season this Friday, September 14, and its first regular season game is Saturday, October 6 against the Florida Panthers at AMALIE Arena.
According to Joe Smith of The Athletic, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman will be stepping down from his general manager role into an adviser role with the organization. Julien BriseBois will be stepping in his place.
Yzerman joined the Lightning in 2010, and in his time in Tampa the Lightning have been to the Eastern Conference Finals or further four times under his guidance, including three out of the last four seasons. The team made it as far as the Stanley Cup Final in 2015.
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