Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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?


At 4:36 p.m., June 14, 2006, Blogger ScottyWazz said...

As being a year younger, I have to say there's hope for me yet.

At 5:40 p.m., June 14, 2006, Anonymous Steve said...

I'm surprised you haven't heard of him. He's got a huge reputation as a young reporting stud. People were talking about his Wild work before he jumped to the Globe. This is sort of a weird move.

At 6:37 p.m., June 16, 2006, Anonymous David Johnson said...

At 33, am I over the hill?

At 12:08 p.m., June 24, 2006, Anonymous Rich said...

I worked with Chris at the Syracuse University student paper, The Daily Orange. He's a tireless worker and I believe he'll do a fine job regardless of his age. As the Boston Globe staffers and they'll tell you he's beyond his years.

At 8:02 p.m., August 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Chris personally and believe me, Wild fans are going to learn to appreciate if not love him. Think the Hockey version of Theo Epstein only younger, hungrier and more knowledgeable about the intimate details of sport. I for one wish he stayed in Boston. He's a prodigy.

At 3:27 p.m., February 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no doubt he is a solid writer. However, I have heard from a number of sources that he has more than his skill to thank for his career. His hiring was laughed at by other Directors of Hockey Operations around the league and many pointed out that Snow's father has been friendly with Jacques Lemaire for years. How else do you explain a kid fresh out of college getting the Wild beat writing position...or someone who has never skated and holds no business or law degree directing operations. He may be skilled, but this is nepotism at its worst.


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