Per sources the NWHL’s COO and Connecticut Whale general manager George Speirs is no longer with the league, though it hasn’t yet been confirmed as to whether he resigned or has been removed from office.
Speirs was not at the Whale’s most recent game in Danbury, Conn.
He joined the NWHL in August when he was hired as the Director of Operations; previously, he had volunteered his time as league photographer and had donated some of his own money to the league.
Speirs was promoted to COO in the fall under Dani Rylan, league founder and commissioner, and took on the role of general manager of the Connecticut Whale in December of 2015 when Whale GM Harry Rosenholtz resigned the position.
Rosenholtz was the second GM Connecticut had in its inaugural season; the first was Chris Ardito, who resigned over the summer due to family obligations. Rosenholtz resigned over a power struggle between himself and Rylan, as Today’s Slapshot reported in January.
Speirs’s exit means the team out of Stamford, Conn., will be on its fourth GM this season; it’s already on its second head coach, Heather Linstad, who took over for Jake Mastel after he resigned Jan. 28. Connecticut will face another GM search, heading into the final month of the regular season and playoffs. The Whale is the top-ranked team in the league, edging out the Boston Pride by one point in the standings.
The Whale faces an uphill battle during this last slog towards the playoffs, having seen so much dramatic turnover over its first season.