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.