He’s set to trade in his Blue Jackets for the Blue Shirts.
Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations, John Davidson, has resigned his position in order to take a similar position with the New York Rangers. Davidson will be formally introduced in New York next week.
Davidson took over hockey operations seven years ago and led the CBJ to their strongest run of success in franchise history, including their first ever playoff series victory this past season. Davidson’s playing career included a long stay as the goalie for the Rangers.
Blue Jackets team owner John P. McConnell released the following statement on Davidson’s career in Columbus:
“When we hired John Davidson in October 2012, I said I thought he was the perfect person to lead our hockey operations efforts. Nearly seven years later, I believe I was right. He joined our team at a very difficult time and led a transformation that has resulted in consistent winning and appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. J.D. is a man of great character and compassion and I completely understand his interest in the unique opportunity before him. I know leaving Columbus is a difficult decision for him as he has a genuine love of our community and organization, but the possibility of returning to his roots in New York, where he spent three decades as a player and broadcaster, is an extraordinary circumstance for him and his family.
“On behalf of my family, our ownership group and the entire Blue Jackets organization, I want to thank J.D. and wish him, Diana and their family nothing but the best in the years to come.”
The Jackets say they will not directly replace Davidson, but Jackets President Mike Priest explained the team’s next move in a statement through the team Friday: “The winning culture that now is entrenched in all of us will continue under the direction of Jarmo Kekalainen, who will now serve as an alternate governor in addition to general manager, and the leaders within our hockey operations department. We remain committed to improving on the successes we’ve had in recent seasons with the goal of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to Columbus.”
Davidson released the following statement:
“I have come to love this organization and the city. There was only one opportunity that I would’ve considered leaving for, and the one before me now is that opportunity as I spent 30 years with the Rangers as a player and broadcaster and have strong ties to that team and the city of New York.
“I am extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the past seven years and know that one of the challenges before me now will be competing against this group moving forward. On behalf of my wife, Diana, and our family, I offer my sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of you for allowing us to be Blue Jackets and call Columbus home.”