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Lightning Director of Player Personnel Bill Barber Resigns

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAYTampa Bay Lightning Director of Player Personnel Bill Barber has submitted his resignation, effective July 1st, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster.

"Bill Barber was an integral part of our success during the past six seasons and his recommendations on player personnel helped us win the Stanley Cup in 2004,” Feaster said. “He has served our organization with great pride, enthusiasm and loyalty and we will forever be indebted to him. Billy approached me at various times during the season and complained of the wear and tear the travel was taking on him, and he told me at the end of the season that he needed time to reflect on whether he wanted to continue in his role.

“He then sat down with me at the Draft in Ottawa and told me he was resigning so that he could spend more time with his children and grandchildren and also because the travel had worn him down. I wouldn't 'accept' his resignation, but I regretfully 'acknowledged' it, and now we all wish him the very best in the next stage of his life. He is a friend and he will be deeply missed by this organization."

Barber, a member of the NHL Hall of Fame, joined the Lightning prior to the 2002-03 season after 18 years as a coach and scout in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. In 12 NHL seasons, all with the Flyers, he recorded 420 goals and 883 points in 903 games while winning two Stanley Cups.

“It hasn’t been a secret to anyone in the organization that the travel these past few years has taken a bit of a toll on me,” Barber said. “I would like to spend some quality time with my family, they deserve that. I would like to thank Mr. Davidson, Ron Campbell and Jay Feaster for giving me a great opportunity in Tampa and thank the staff there for working so well with me during the past six years. We won a Stanley Cup together, which is a very special thing in this game, as everyone knows, and I will never forget what we were able to accomplish.”

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