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Lawton named Lightning's Executive V.P., GM @NHLdotcom

"I appreciate Oren and Len for having the faith to bestow the title of general manager on me. I realize that I am one of just 30 to hold the position and I will do everything I can to drive the Lightning to a high level on and off the ice." -- Brian Lawton

TAMPA BAY Brian Lawton was elevated to the position of executive vice president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced today. Lawton was hired as the team's vice president of hockey operations on June 25, 2008. He continues to oversee all aspects of the team's hockey operations department, including player procurement and development and minor league affiliate relations.

"When we hired Brian, his role was not fully defined during our time of transition," said Koules and Barrie upon making the announcement. "To Brian's credit he led us from a hockey operations perspective through the ownership transition and has proven to be the insightful, steady, guiding force that we are confident will lead us on the ice to long- and short-term successes. We are excited to have him heading up the hockey operations department for us."

Quickly after being hired, Lawton designed the strategy which has transformed the Lightning roster through trades and free agent signings. He has worked in conjunction with ownership to solidify Tampa Bay’s goaltending situation, enhance the talent level at the forward position and put cornerstones in place at defense while significantly improving the organization’s minor league depth.

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