The National Hockey League has announced this year's general manager of the year.
According to an official announcement from the National Hockey League, the recipient of this year's Jim Gregory Award will be none other than long time NHL executive Lou Lamoriello. Lamoriello currently serves as both President of Hockey Operations for the New York Islanders franchise as well as their general manager and has led the team to success since taking over in those roles.
Lamoriello is one of the most experienced and well respected general managers in the league so it comes as little surprise to see him winning this award given the level of success he has had thus far with the Islanders.
I'd also like to take a moment to congratulate the other two men who were nominated for this award, general manager Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars and general manager Julien Brisebois of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brisebois had impossible shoes to fill when he took over as a first time general manager from current Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman and Nill has built a perennial contender in Dallas evidenced by the fact that they will compete in the Western Conference Final this evening.
A great job by all three men but of course a special congratulations goes out to the winner in Lou Lamoriello.