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Blazers: Brad Lund planning to stay in hockey

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Modified: January 2, 2009 at 8:11 am •  Published: January 2, 2009

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Brad Lund
The minor league hockey world was stunned when former Express Sports chief executive officer Brad Lund resigned in November after 16 years of being part of the Oklahoma City Blazers. After a month of staying out of the public spotlight, Lund and Express Sports have agreed on a settlement (neither side will comment on the terms), and Lund has broken his silence.

What led to your resignation?

I always told myself that as long as I was enjoying what I was doing, I would keep working. For the last nine months of my tenure, I wasn’t happy. I didn’t have the zest for the job, and I didn’t always look forward to coming to the office every day.

Was there one particular issue that triggered everything?

There wasn’t one issue. This job requires your full attention, and it was best for both sides to part ways. There were some internal issues that I don’t want to get into.

What has the last month been like for you?

I’ve really enjoyed myself the last 30 days. It’s the first time in my life where I’ve been in a situation where I didn’t have to work, but I’ve stayed busy. The number of calls from the hockey world has been incredible, very flattering. It’s been that support that has me believing I still belong in ice hockey.

With that said, what are your plans?

It’s always been my dream to operate an expansion franchise from the ground up in a new arena and a new market. You don’t have to clean up anybody’s mess, and you get to start fresh. There are two options right now in the CHL as both Allen, Texas, (a suburb of Dallas) and Independence, Mo., (a suburb of Kansas City) have expansion teams set to play next season.

Blazers (19-6-4) at Mississippi (18-11-0)

→When: 7:05 tonight

→Where: DeSoto Civic Center, Southhaven, Miss.

→Scouting report: Oklahoma City, first in the Northeast division, and Mississippi, third in the division, start a home-and-home set this weekend. The Blazers have blown two-goal leads in the third period in back-to-back games and have only earned one standings point in the two contests. Oklahoma City goaltender Andy Franck (10-4-3), fresh off of being selected as the starter for the 2009 CHL All-Star game, will be in net. Mississippi is coming off a 6-0 win against second-place Bossier-Shreveport on Wednesday. The RiverKings are led by Bobby Chaumont and Louis Dumont, with 29 points each. Mississippi is at Oklahoma City on Saturday.



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