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Evansville Thunderbolts Announce New General Manager

The Evansville Thunderbolts on Wednesday announced their new General Manager.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 12:57 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2021 1:15 PM

The Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League on Tuesday announced the hiring of Bob McNamara as the team's new General Manager.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Thunderbolts and am excited to get started as we all move back towards a sense of normalcy following the pandemic,” said McNamara. “I know the team had a great start to the season prior to the pause and with the leadership of Jef Bes behind the bench we will look to build on that strong foundation. I believe in the SPHL and know the Evansville area is a strong hockey market and a tremendous community.”


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McNamara will head up the business operations of the Thunderbolts as the team looks forward to hitting the ice at the Ford Center this fall.

McNamara brings a wealth of hockey and business knowledge to the Thunderbolts front office after spending the previous 20 plus years running teams at the IHL, AHL, CHL, and ECHL levels.

“Bob’s experience will lead the Thunderbolts quickly to the level we were heading before the shut down due to COVID”, said Thunderbolts President Scott Schoenike. “His excitement and understanding of running minor league hockey set him apart when looking for a General Manager and I am sure it will set the tone for the upcoming season.”

McNamara served as the GM of the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins for 15 years, the President of the Hamilton Bulldogs for one season and the President of the Quad City Mallards for 7 seasons.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, McNamara earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame as well as serving as the Fighting Irish starting goaltender for four years. Postgraduation he played 5 years of professional hockey in the AHL and IHL prior to moving on to the front office side of the business.

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