John Dooley, seen here last month after winning Nelson’s mayoral race, is stepping down as president of the Nelson Leafs. Photo: Tyler Harper

John Dooley resigns as Leafs’ president

Nelson’s mayor is stepping away from the hockey team

John Dooley says his mayoral duties are more pressing than his responsibilities to junior hockey.

Dooley has resigned as the Nelson Leafs president following his victory in October’s Nelson mayoral election. Dooley said he could no longer commit the time required by the Leafs, and added he wanted to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.

“The bottle depot is in the midst of offering up a couple new programs down there that are through the regional district, but of course the City of Nelson is part of the regional district. That, plus the time commitment — it was more than I could take care of,” he said Monday.

Dooley has been working with the hockey team since the early 1980s, having served previous terms as both a director and president.

His departure marks the end of a family era with the team. Dooley’s son Sean also left the Leafs last season after serving several years as an assistant coach and one season as general manager.

Dooley said he was pleased with the direction of the Leafs during his last tenure as president.

“When I got elected to the board there were really good people there but they were [just] starting to pull the organization together,” said Dooley.

“It needed somebody who could help with the hockey operations, getting that back on track, and also the business side, which is [the] recycling centre. I had the time on my hands to concentrate on those two pieces.”

The team has not yet announced who will replace Dooley.



tyler.harper@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nelson plans for Clearwater Creek as additional water source

Existing Selous and Anderson Creek sources to be upgraded

Filling the void; Success story for Kootenay-to-Kelowna bus service

Trail-based bus line took over the Kelowna run after Greyhound Canada put a stop to it

Supreme Court of Canada turns down Slocan Valley fuel spill class action

Court action aimed to compensate 2,500 people affected by the Lemon Creek fuel spill

Hours of care up, but issues remain at Nelson residential care facilities

An annual report revealed stats about Jubilee Manor and Mountain Lake Seniors Community

In the news: Liberals eke out a win, but will need NDP, Green support to pass bills

Conservatives say they are ready if Trudeau should falter

‘Inconsistent’ message on climate change hurt Liberals at the polls: prof

Trudeau government will have to make concessions to hold onto power

‘Inconsistent’ message on climate change hurt Liberals at the polls: SFU prof

Trudeau government will have to make concessions to hold onto power

Security guard bitten, punched by patient at Terrace hospital

Violent incident is one of many in northwest B.C., nurses’ union says

VIDEO: Final trailer for ‘Rise of Skywalker’ debuts

Last instalment in Skywalker saga to hit theatres Dec. 20

Second young woman dies after rollover crash near Williams Lake

‘Someone’s going to get her heart, which is awesome, because she has the best heart in the world’

Google searches for ‘how to vote’ surge on Election Day

Interest spikes despite social media campaign by Elections Canada

Alberta man pleads guilty, fined for hunting without a licence in North Island

It’s the responsibility of each hunter or angler to know whether they are considered a B.C. Resident.

B.C. mayor apologizes for removal of Queen’s portrait from council chambers

‘I prefer to be inclusive of the many aspects of our history’

Most Read