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All Good Things...

2020-09-13

Well gentlemen, I never thought it would come to this, but it's time to announce that I'm stepping down as GM of the Sharks, effective immediately.

And no, unfortunately this is not a Doug Waite-style joke ;)

As a few of you already know, I've been going through a tough time in my personal life over the last couple months. I won't go into detail here, but suffice to say it's a situation that's taking up basically all of my mental and emotional energy, and I'm not sure how long it will continue. 

With that in mind, I really have to look after myself right now, and taking some time and space away from everything, including the EHE, feels like a necessary step in that direction.

This definitely wasn't an easy decision, and I put a lot of thought into it. On the one hand, I'd like to stick around and at least continue as a caretaker for the Sharks, especially after all the work I've put into the team. But on the other, I just wouldn't feel right about doing less than my best. And that's something I won't be able to offer for the foreseeable future.

I also had to consider that this is the "best" time of year to step aside, in terms of finding my replacement. For obvious reasons, this wasn't something I wanted to drop in Kevin's lap right before the draft, or a week ahead of free agency.

I'd like to sincerely thank everyone for the good times over the last three years. The EHE is by far the best league I've ever been involved with, and in my mind that comes down to two things: an incredibly committed commissioner, and a lot of cool, enthusiastic GMs. Without those ingredients, the league wouldn't be any fun, and success or failure wouldn't mean a damn thing; I'm proud of what I accomplished with the Sharks/Barracuda because you all made it so friggin' hard lol

Anyway, before this turns into one of my typical 10,000-word articles, I'll simply end by saying thanks again, and good luck for the 2020-21 season and beyond.

Cheers all,

Kyle Phillips




Greg Forget

When I started here you were one of the first people to reach out. I know you will be back so goodbye is not the word that I would use. Instead, EHE will leave the front porch light on for you and will look forward to seeing you again. All the best.

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Cisco Valle

Best of luck to you Bud and hope things get sorted out for the better. You will be missed. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

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Brandyn Errickson

No disrespect to any of the other former GMs, but I don’t recall any other posts generating half the league to take time out and say something about the departing GM. Kyle’s the man and hopefully he’ll be back some time soon.

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Shaun Stephens

These things are far more important then any of us and a sim league my man..get well as best and as quickly as you can sir, take care of yourself!

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Doug Waite

Damn. I'm really sad to see you go Kyle. I always enjoyed your articles, but most of all just talking with you. Hope everything works out for you in your personal life, and hope to see you back here one day. Best wishes with everything. Sad day around here.

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Eric Wolf

NO. I will NOT allow you to leave....... this sucks. Huge blow to the EHE. You exemplified all of the abilities it takes to be a phenomenal general manager and demonstrated true sportsmanship and a gentleman conduct amongst your fellow GMs. You'll be missed, Kyle. I wish you nothing but the best. But seriously.... don't leave.

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Shean Gardiner

Sure that you'll figure it out and very soon everything will be fine! Hope you will come back

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Brandyn Errickson

Damn, didn't expect this at all. I'll miss our Pacific division battles on here and on twitter. Take care of yourself Kyle and hopefully when all is right you'll come back around!

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Justin Hill

You will be missed Kyle, take care of yourself and hope to see you back one day!

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Travis Fleming

Sad to see you go Kyle. You were always a pleasure to talk to. Take care and best of luck moving forward.

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Martins Auzins

Without a doubt you will be missed, Kyle. A true gentleman inside out, you know I have been a fan of what you did here for a long time, hope better times are ahead. Much love from New York.

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Stephen Gough

Wish you the best, hope things work out well.

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Roberto Martucci

Really sad to hear about you stepping down, but most importantly about the difficult times you’re going through. It was an absolute pleasure to have you in the league and our conversations were always great. Wishing you nothing but the absolute best with your journey moving forward and I’m sure you’re going to get over these times you’re going through right now.

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Thomas Gidlow

Damn, sorry to hear this sir. You've been one of the most active and enjoyable GMs here. Take care of things that are important and we will manage here. Mad respect sir. Hope things work out for you. :)

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Cole Bates

Cheers to your work as Sharks/Barracuda GM. You will be missed. Someone is going to have to step up their article game in lieu of your departure! Always a pleasure in chats too. All the best Kyle.

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Ryan Knedel

You will be greatly missed Kyle. Will definitely miss our conversations. Hoping nothing but the best for you

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Ian Gurtowski

We'll miss you Kyle. Wishing nothing but the best for you buddy

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