Los Angeles Kings GM Turns in Resignation

2021-07-14

So Long, Farewell

 

Taking a few days after the demoralizing lose on Sunday at the hands of the Nashville Predators, the Los Angeles Kings GM, Brandyn Errickson, called a press conference at the Staples Center today to announce his resignation from the Kings organization.

After the Kings ownership opened the press conference, in which they covered how they were disappointed with the end to the season, but felt the team was really headed in the right direction. They turned the floor over to the former GM.

“Before this season started, I met with ownership and let them know that if I couldn’t get this team to the Stanley Cup finals then I would turn in my resignation as I haven’t lived up to what I set out to do when they hired me on December 30, 2017. The team battled hard all season and looked good going into the playoffs and I think our first-round matchup showed we were really primed for a long run. Nashville surprised us a bit but we were able to take a 3 games to 2 lead and felt like we were finally going to break through to the conference finals, but it just wasn’t to be.” Said GM Errickson.

“That’s not for a lack of trying, I can assure you of that. All the guys in the locker room fought their hearts out and I’m proud of them all. When I got here back in 2017, I knew I was stepping into a pretty good situation. We had our core that I believed could take us into the future and probably contend for, if not win, the Stanley Cup. I recall my first meeting with our Captain, Steven Stamkos. I told him something I’m sure he already knew, but I said this is your team. These guys will follow what you do, how you act, how you prepare and play and he really accepted that responsibility. I can’t say enough good things about Stammer and really just about every guy on the team. They’ve all really put the team first and it showed every night. But I set out to do something and unfortunately I just couldn’t get it done.” The somber GM stated.

Errickson continued, “I had the full backing of the ownership that I could do whatever I felt necessary to get this team to the promise land this season. However, I didn’t feel it was in the organizations best interest if I ‘mortgaged the future’ just to come up short in the end. I know how it feels to take over a team with a hurting farm system. I’m proud that while I was here, I never traded a first-round pick and tried to keep as many high round draft picks as possible while still putting out a good product on the ice.”

Brandyn Errickson then concluded the conference, “With all that in mind, I talked to all our players and coaching staff after the game on Sunday and told them of my intentions to leave the team. I then submitted my notice of resignation to the Kings ownership group and asked them if they’d be OK with one final press conference, which they agreed to. I thank them for being here today and wish them all the best in the future. It’s been amazing coming out here to Tinseltown and rubbing elbows with some of the most famous and sought-after people in the world. While the celebrities are always fun to meet with, the rest of our fanbase is what really made my time here most memorable. The people paying top dollar to sit in the top level of our arena to watch our team play night in and night out, it’s really humbling. I hope we did them proud with how we played and fought on the ice every night. Just know that the team is in great hands and hopefully I left it just slightly better than how I received it all those years ago. To my (now former) fellow GMs in the EHE, I know we didn’t always see eye to eye and maybe I came off a bit rough at times, but it’s been fun and I appreciate all the talks and back and forth banter over the years. I’ve had some great conversations not even related to hockey and I appreciate that. I don’t know what’s next for me, maybe I’ll move back home to Florida and retire? But then again, I was never one for the oppressive heat down there. Seeing as we’re out here in Hollywood, I feel it’s only fitting that I bid you adieu by quoting the 1965 Best Picture winner, The Sound of Music, “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night. I hate to go and leave this pretty sight. So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu. Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.””

The now former GM of the Kings took a few pictures with those that requested and shook every hand of the local media that were in attendance. The longest reigning Los Angeles Kings GM in EHE history rides off into the sunset with a final record of 164 wins to 111 losses.




Kevin Lacy

You did a great job in EHE, Brandyn! Thanks for reaching out to me before making your decision and thank you for being a part of our league for these many years!

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Travis Chorostkowski

Good luck in life. It was fun chatting with you!

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Cole Bates

Take it easy Brandyn, all the best

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Stephen Gough

Best of luck

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Tommy Barr

Wish you all the best Brandyn!

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Max Kurtz

After much deliberation, I decided that this was the right time to step away. I wish everyone good luck in the future and hope whoever takes over this team treats them well and gets them a Cup win.

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