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NHL general manager resigns amid allegations of improper conduct

Anaheim Ducks General Manager Bob Murray resigned from his position amid allegations of improper conduct. 

“The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray has resigned from his position, effective immediately. Murray will enroll in an alcohol abuse program,” the club said in a statement on Wednesday“As announced yesterday, Jeff Solomon will be the club’s Interim General Manager.”

Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli offered an apology to anyone in the organization who was affected by Murray’s alleged misconduct, adding they would not stand for abuse in their organization. 

“Bob tendered his resignation this morning, while also informing us of his decision to enter an alcohol abuse program. While we do not condone his conduct, we fully support his efforts to improve his physical and mental health by asking for help,” the couple said in their statement. 

“We will now begin a methodical, extensive search for a permanent General Manager to lead us forward. We expect to complete this process no later than next summer.”

The announcement that Murray was placed on administrative leave came amid an internal investigation into allegations of improper personal conduct, according to ESPN.

The team has not specified what the complaints against Murray were and how many people have come forward with accusations, ESPN reported. 

Sources told the sports media outlet that Murray’s behavior had created an “abuse culture” within the Ducks organization. Several of the complaints alleged verbal abuse. 

“I want to apologize to anyone adversely affected by my behavior. I vow to make changes to my life, starting with enrolling in a treatment program. I want to thank Henry and Susan Samueli, and Michael Schulman, as working for them has been one of the highlights of my career,” Murray said in a statement. 

“As I step away from the Ducks, I will focus my attention on where it should be: improving my life for the betterment of my family and friends.” 

The NHL recently sent out a memo to all 32 clubs mandating that allegations of abuse must be reported to the league.

The Hill has reached out to the NHL for comment. 

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