The Saint John Sea Dogs want someone who can mold a junior team into a contender. (Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
If you're like most hockey fans, you've probably killed some time during the past few weeks playing armchair GM ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics, trying to find the perfect pieces to build a championship squad.
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You know your stuff, right? So how would you like to put on a general manager's hat for real?
The Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League have been in the market for a new GM since late-October, and while they've considered several candidates, they haven't yet found the perfect fit. And that prompted the team to try something completely different.
They put up a Help Wanted sign.
"It is unusual, but we want to make sure we turn over every rock," in the search for the perfect candidate said Sea Dogs president Wayne Long.
The organization stunned observers earlier this season when it fired GM and head coach Mike Kelly, the man who guided the team to the Memorial Cup championship in 2011. The timing of his dismissal suggested that the team wanted someone new in place ahead of the league's December trade period, but the right resumé hasn't come across Long's desk.
"We've had some great candidates apply already," he said, "but we just want it out there that the job is open and we are committed to the process."
Long was short on specifics as to what he was looking for.
"Ultimately, we want someone to mold this young team into a contender," he said. "We have a great organization with good people and although rebuilding is tough we will stay on course and rebuild.
"We are being open-minded and will select the best candidate for sure."
Long said the team will go through each and every resume it receives via this ad while hoping to find the right fit. Until then, coach Ross Yates and head scout Christian Vermette will continue to share the GM duties.
Interested? You've got a month to spruce up that resumé and round up some references. The closing date for applications is Jan. 17, 2014.