In the NHL – and sometimes in business - it can take a number of years to build a contending team.

The key is ownership and understanding what you need to create a business that will sustain long term competitiveness. You have to avoid “quick fixes.” Draft and stock pile good, young talent, making sure to turn over their player roster in the years ahead.

In my fifth season with the Rangers, we won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years. We were only able to do this because of the collective work of myself and my recent predecessors who had accumulated some good young talent. We were able to parlay some of these assets into more seasoned players who were better in playoff wars.

When you are looking for the right players, their ability to contribute to the future success of the team is key.

  • “Neil Smith was able to do what no other general manager could in 54 years for the New York Rangers-win the Stanley Cup! It was Neil's bold approach to changing the culture that allowed the team to galvanize into champions.”