After a disappointing fourth-place finish at this year’s World Championship, USA Hockey has made some changes for next year. Chris Clark, director of player personnel for the Columbus Blue Jackets, will take over as general manager, replacing Ryan Martin who served in the role for just one tournament.
Supporting Clark, who is still relatively young in his front office executive career, will be an advisory group that brings a ton of experience. Kevyn Adams, Chris Drury, Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Grier, Bill Guerin, Lou Lamoriello, Chris MacFarland, Don Waddell, and Bill Zito will all be there to help in the player selection process.
John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant executive director of USA Hockey, released a statement explaining the choice:
We’re excited to have Chris leading efforts in building the roster for our team. He knows the player pool extremely well, and as someone who has played at the highest levels of the game and is now in a management role in the NHL. He is well versed in what it takes to win.
Clark has served as general manager of the Cleveland Monsters for the past several seasons and played 11 seasons in the NHL. In fact, he has experience playing the international tournament, even captaining Team USA in 2007.
After his retirement, he joined the Blue Jackets first as a scout, then in the player development department, before receiving his current position in 2019. This appointment is another step on what looks to be a future-GM track, one very similar to the path Drury took over the last several years.