Who is Chris Snow?
That's the question I was asking myself after seeing the Minnesota Wild's latest hiring.
Quite a career change, don't you think?
It's uncommon in hockey to see someone jump from sports journalism to the business/front-office side, but it has happened. There are a few player agents, for instance, who started out in j-school.
Still, Snow's move has to be the most extreme example yet, depending on what sort of duties he takes over with the Wild. From the team's press release today:
As Director of Hockey Operations, Snow will be responsible for many of the day-to-day duties of the hockey operations department, including monitoring rosters and salary commitments of other NHL teams, performing player contract and arbitration research and supporting team staff in training camps, team travel and scouting operations. Snow will also assist the club with statistical analysis of hockey at the amateur and professional level...The key here likely being the statistical side of the operation, where a young guy with a background in reporting at high-profile newspapers should have a leg up on the competition. (Salary-cap breakdowns would also be old hat for someone working exclusively on Red Sox stories.)
The kicker here, however, is that Snow is just 24 years old, which is the tidbit that TSN was trumpeting today on its site.
Out with the old, in with the... young?