BELEC TO ALSO CONTINUE IN ROLE AS ASSISTANT TO THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Ryan Belec, Assistant to the General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has been named Vice President of Hockey Operations for the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster. As such, Belec will be responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of the Lightning's affiliation with the Chiefs including player acquisition, scouting, contract negotiations and direct line supervision of both the General Manager and Head Coach in Johnstown.
In addition, Belec, 29, will continue to serve as Assistant to the General Manager of the Lightning, managing and directing the Traverse City Rookie Camp and the Lightning's Conditioning and Tryout Camp. He will also continue to sign-off on all scouting department expenses and oversee other projects as assigned.
"Ryan Belec is a very bright and knowledgeable hockey administrator," Feaster said. "Since joining our organization seven years ago, Ryan has continued to progress and move up the ladder, gaining more experience and increased responsibilities along the way. He has managed our Traverse City Rookie Camp and our Conditioning and Tryout Camp with the expertise and efficiency of a seasoned pro. He has also been immersing himself in the Johnstown operation for the past year and has spent considerable time studying with and learning from a host of people including Bill Barber, Claude Loiselle and Jake Goertzen.
"Johnstown is an extremely important component in our development process, and having Ryan manage and oversee our interests in Johnstown demonstrates its importance to us. With Claude Loiselle managing our affiliation in Springfield of the AHL and Ryan Belec managing our affiliation in Johnstown we are able to give our development program the time, attention, consistency and expertise needed in order to be on the cutting edge of player development and winning."
A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Belec joined the Lightning in 1999 and became a member of the Lightning's Hockey Operations Department in 2000. A 2000 graduate of the Laurentian University School of Sports Administration in Sudbury, Belec owns a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Sports Administration.