The NWHL officially announced the resignation of COO and interim Connecticut Whale general manager George Speirs Thursday evening, a day after Today’s Slapshot broke the news. Per the press release, Speirs joined the league in August 2015 and was instrumental in the league’s success so far this year.
“We’d like to thank George for his service and everything he’s done to help get the league off the ground,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. “Despite rumors to the contrary, the league’s best interests were always top of mind with George and we’re saddened by his decision to leave.”
The league will take over team operations until a suitable replacement is found, indicating that the Whale will likely be without a general manager for the rest of the season. The Whale, the NWHL’s top-ranked team, has been through three general managers and two head coaches over hte course of the season.
A source close to the league revealed to Jen Neale of Puck Daddy that the league’s relationship with Speirs was not always positive, calling him a “snake in the grass” and accusing him of spreading rumors with the end goal of taking over as NWHL Commissioner himself. It is unclear if Speirs was asked to resign or if he chose to leave the league of his own volition.
Speirs has not yet been made available for comment by the league, despite requests from media members, including Today’s Slapshot.