Brian Lewis is stepping down as the Hamilton Bulldogs executive director of operations, the man responsible for the American Hockey League team’s day-to-day operations.
The 10-year-employee, the team’s longest serving staff member, will remain with the team until Dec. 1 them move to his new position as chief operating officer of Hamilton Entertainment Convention Facilities Incorporated (HECFI).
Lewis, a Hamiltonian, said in a press release that his decision to leave the club came with mixed emotions.
“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to join Hamilton Entertainment and Conventions Facilities Inc. as their new Chief Operating Officer.
“I can’t help but feel some sadness in making this move, as I have greatly enjoyed every working day during my 10 seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs organization. I am very proud of the role that I played in helping to build the Bulldogs brand in Hamilton, and I am confident that the franchise will continue to prosper both on and off the ice in this community for many years to come.”
Bulldogs majority owner Michael Andlauer shared Lewis’s dual feelings.
“It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Brian Lewis as our Executive Director of Operations,” said Andlauer. “Brian has been a big part of our organization for almost a decade, and his passion for Bulldogs hockey, and for our community has helped this hockey club to both stay and succeed in the City of Hamilton.
“Personally and professional, we will certainly miss working with Brian on a day-to-day basis, but we are looking forward to dealing with him in his new position.”
The 39-year-old Lewis joined the Bulldogs in 1997 as community and media relations director. He became director of communications two years later and in 2000 was appointed marketing director. In 2002 he was made vice president of sales and marketing. He assumed his current position in 2004.
At the conclusion of the 2004-2005 season, Lewis won the AHL’s Ken McKenzie Award, which is presented annually to the team executive who most successfully promotes their club.
Lewis’s replacement will be announced at a later date.