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. I’ll know a lot more in the next 30 days. I think the Colorado Eagles have shown this model can work (Colorado is located in Loveland, Colo., a suburb of Denver). Is there anything that could keep you in Oklahoma? It’s tough because I’m proud to be from Oklahoma. Tulsa is my hometown, and I’ve had great success here. I’m in no hurry to make a decision. It’s something I’ll have to think long and hard about and talk about with my wife. But it’s not a question of what my next job will be but rather what city will I be in. What is your opinion on the potential of Oklahoma City being the home of an American Hockey League tem? I can’t really comment on that. It wouldn’t be fair. What I will say is that Oklahoma City will have professional hockey for a long time. As to what league and what team, that’s not for me to say. Did the way things ended with Express Sports change your opinion of your 16 years on the job? Not at all. I had the greatest job in minor league sports for 16 years. The fans here proved all the skeptics wrong. The experts thought we would be gone after one season, but it’s those cold Tuesday nights against no-name opponents and you see thousands of people there that make you realize how special Blazer fans are. For much more with Brad Lund, read Robert Przybylo’s Blazers blog at http://blog.newsok.com/blazers.