Originally created 05/03/01

Augusta Lynx GM resigns



Paul Gamsby resigned his post as general manager of the Augusta Lynx on Thursday, ending his three-year run with the East Coast Hockey League franchise.

Gamsby joined the Lynx in 1998 after the team moved from Raleigh, N.C., helping to build the club into one of the most successful franchises in the league in terms of corporate sponsorships and season-ticket sales.

Under Gamsby, the Lynx have finished in the top three in the ECHL in sponsorships the past three seasons, while reaching the 3,000 plateau in season-ticket sales for the first time this past season.

The 52-year-old Toronto native has been hailed by ECHL president and CEO Rick Adams for building the Lynx into one of the league's model franchises.

Gamsby did not site a specific reason for his departure, indicating only that he was ready to move on.

Sources close to the team say Gamsby could be ready pursuing an opportunity to purchase part of an existing ECHL team or possibly be looking to put an expansion franchise in a new market. Gamsby also is believed to be linked to at least one general manager's post in the ECHL.