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Lightning Announce Hockey Operations Changes

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have named Adam Oates to the position of Assistant Coach, Imran Khan to the position of Assistant General Manager/Strategic Planning and Liz Sylvia to the position of Manager of Hockey Administration today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

Oates, a native of Weston, Ontario, has been working with the Lightning coaching staff since the beginning of training camp.  During that time his focus has been on the power play and offensive strategies with the team's forwards.  Under Oates’ direction, the Tampa Bay power play ranked fourth in the NHL during the preseason, converting on 10 of 41 of their opportunities for a 24.4 percentage.  The Lightning went 3-for-7 with the man advantage in their final preseason game at Atlanta.

A veteran of 19 NHL seasons, Oates played in 1,337 career NHL games from 1985-04 with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers.  He ranks sixth all-time on the NHL assists list with 1,079, 16th in points with 1,420 and 44th in games played. Considered a power play specialist, Oates amassed four 100-point seasons during his playing career and eight 80-point campaigns. 

"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Adam Oates as an Assistant Coach," said Lawton upon making the announcement. "Adam will help improve our special teams and add additional experience to our staff."

Khan, entering his second season with Tampa Bay, previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development.  In his previous role Khan worked with ownership and the General Manager, providing support in both business and hockey operations by identifying short and long term business objectives with a focus on the day-to-day operations of the Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum.

A Texas native, Khan joined the Lightning from Octagon Global where he worked closely with the managing directors of the athlete representation departments and the chief integration officer by providing financial oversight and developing strategies and procedures for the company’s 10 specific business divisions. 

Khan graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2005.

Sylvia is in her fifth year with the Lightning.  She previously held the position of Hockey Operations Executive Assistant where her main focus was assisting Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton with the administrative functions of hockey operations.

Sylvia is responsible for all administrative procedures involved in maintaining player and coach contracts as well as the transfers and trades of players at the NHL and AHL levels. In addition, Sylvia prepares written agreements between the Lightning and its minor league affiliates while coordinating correspondence with NHL officers and team executives.

Prior to joining the Lightning, the Massachusetts native served as the executive assistant to the president and CEO of the American Hockey League. She held that position for six years after previously working with the AHL’s Beast of New Haven.

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