By: Nate Daugherty
After eight seasons with the Rockford IceHogs, team president Ryan Washatka announced on Wednesday that he is resigning from his position.
Washatka began his time in Rockford as assistant General Manager in 2000. He was promoted to general manager in 2002 and was named the UHL's G-M of the year in 2004.
He took a job outside of hockey in order to spend more time with his family.
"I had a great opportunity that came across my plate this summer that allowed me the opportunity to stay in Rockford," Washatka said of his new position. "My wife's from here and it basically allowed me to spend more time with my kids and help raise a family. Those are things that I really haven't been able to do the last few years. We just had to sit back and say what's most important right now. And for me and my family, this was the answer."
But that answer didn't come easy, considering the IceHogs have come such a long way during Washatka's tenure.
"It's tough because this team is in the best place it's been," Washatka said. "We're pretty proud about that, taking it from where we were in 1999-2000, to winning a championship, joining the American Hockey League, and becoming affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks. It's in a great position right now and that's a little gratifying to, that I know I'm leaving it in a good spot for the next person or next chapter in IceHogs history."
Washatka will remain with the team until September 21st.
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