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Hi everyone, The WJC Commissioners team ( @Banackock, @Sonnet and myself) are starting the General Managers hiring process for the upcoming World Junior Championship. We are looking for 5 dedicated members of our community to manage each of one of our five WJC teams. It's a good position to learn what being a GM is all about (mostly) in this league and what better way than chasing after sweet, sweet gold. As a GM, you'll be tasked with: - Selecting a roster of players to represent your country - Helping to generate discussion with your selected team-mates in both your respective team forum and in game threads. - Submitting lines for each game (If you have no prior experience of this, then a teammate or the WJC Commissioners will be more than happy to assist). Team List: Team Canada Team USA Team Europe (All Europe, excluding Russia) Team Asia (All Asia, including Russia) Team World (All other countries and players not selected for the above four teams) Things To Consider: - A 2 capped TPE pay will be awarded to General Managers, providing an extra incentive for those thinking about applying for the role. - Primarily, we will be looking to have teams represented by General Managers that own players of the same nationality. - If you're someone with no previous management experience in the VHL, then a role as WJC General Manager is a great way to introduce you to the basic concepts of managing a team. Resources: WJC Section on Forum S64 Eligibility List WJC Rules Championship History + Player and GM all-time stats Nation Rankings
tfong posted a topic in Archived ExtrasFormer Hall of Famer Short Listed for Brampton Boss Chair VHL hockey news recently got official word that player agent and VHLM commissioner Terence Fong had been confirmed on the short list of candidates for the general manager position of the Brampton Blades. Terence Fong was the former VHLM commissioner for quite a few season, notably during the rebuild and restructure of the VHL developmental system. His work and effort in the process in addition to his years of service in the VHL was recognized by the VHL board of directors with a nod into the VHL hall of fame as a builder. “We believe Fong is a really good candidate for this position,” one of the Bramptons owners, Qur’an said in a statement. “He has been around the league for a very long time, he has played in the league, he has coached in the league and more importantly he was in a position of authority with the youth players of the league. I think he would be a great addition as a general manager to the VHLM and his expertise and experience in dealing with youth players will make him a key cog in the development of the Brampton franchise.” – Brampton Owner Qur’an Fong stated that while he would definitely relish the opportunity to step into the role, he understands the process and that he is up against other good candidates for the position. “I’ve spent too much time in the VHL to not try my hand at it, it has been something I’ve been looking at getting into since I stepped down from being the VHLM commissioner. I like to play an up tempo style of game, like when I coached the Davos Dynamo that one year to the playoffs. I think a team that can skate quickly and coherently is the best type of team to have.” – Terence Fong On the players side of things, more than a few players have spoken in support for Terence Fong to be the next general manager. He has built strong ties through many of the player agents and manager in the VHL through his years being an agent and he isn’t new to managing players. His most recent notable player in the VHL, Xin Xie Xiao spoke of his appreciation for Fong as his agent. “Fong is quite thorough, detail orientated and above all he wants to win. He helped me get through my earlier years, coaching and advising me through all the rough patches to where I am now in the VHL. He has a great mind for the game, even if it is more tactical and uncompromising as some may say, but he gets things done. I credit a lot of my success to Fong helping me out through the years and I’m very grateful.” So what remains to be seen is if the lack of front office experience for Fong will be the key point against him. Other general managers have in the past beaten out his resume of accolades due in part to front office experience and the league attempting to inject youth into the minor league organizational ranks. Outside of that, Fong has told us that even if not now, he believes that eventually he’ll get his shot at managing a team.
tfong posted a topic in Archived ExtrasDavos Coach Terence Fong Shortlisted for VHLM Management www.VHLHockeyNews.com Rumors have been flying around that S35 Davos coach Terence Fong has been slated for a team management position in the VHLM for the upcoming season. There hasn`t been any confirmation on whether or not Terence Fong is aiming for a general manager position, but it is a good bet that teams may be calling on him to join their front offices. These rumours have included the Minot Gladiators and the Bern Royals. Minot’s general manager was recently promoted to a VHL team and the rumour mill has been churning that former VHL GM Bushito may be interested in taking over that team, leaving an opening in his current team in Bern. Terence Fong has long been affiliated with the European Conference and is considered one of the top prospective managers waiting in the wings these days. Fong has recently met with success, coaching the S35 HC Davos to a playoff berth one season after they were the worst team in the league. Players and team management have been delighted at his results and have had nothing but good things to say about him. “Fong took Thomas Landry, a purely skilled player that liked to work the perimeter of the game, and turned him into a monster on the ice. The difference was like David and Goliath. Landry in S34 had 30 points in 72 games, including 10 goals but only 2 hits in the game, and was never named a number one star. In S35 under Fong’s coaching, Landry recorded 319 hits, vaulting him into the list of the most punishing players on the ice. His goal totals jumped from 10 to 26, his points increased to 59 and he earned 4 first stars and 6 second star placements. He was used in all key situations and turned himself into a player that every coach would love to have an entire roster of.” – Anonymous Davos Coach Fong also worked closely with rising star goaltender Lennox Moher, who struggled throughout the season at times but as Fong noted, “One of the hardest working players I’ve ever seen and has the potential to be the next great Davos goaltender like Devereaux and Kanou” Pretty high praise from someone that helped to develop the great goaltending legend Daisuke Kanou who is credited with helping craft a Davos dynasty during his time. While Fong couldn’t help the Dynamo get past the first round of the playoffs, he did manage a winning record of 39-33, only one season displaced from when Davos had only 9 wins in the season. He could be a very good pickup as a GM for any of the young VHLM teams, his track record in development of youth players has been outstanding thus far in his post player history and his winning history in teams he joins surely makes him a top candidate for a front office position. “I think, after several years I have learned what it takes to manage a team. I’ve gained experience in key roles, like director of Asia hockey where we have built up a great foundation for future hockey players from across the ocean. I’ve had the honor of coaching and working closely with the front office in Davos as well and I’ve gained valuable insight consulting with some of the greatest general managers in VHL history. I’d like the opportunity if one is presented to get a team over in Asia really, I think it will help the game there quite a bit and I have every confidence that the hockey market can thrive and prove to be beneficial. Won’t know of course till later on, but I have been in contact with league officials on this matter, hopefully I’ll see in a few days what their decision will be.” – Terence Fong