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TRELIVING EMBRACES NEW ROLE

Thursday, 07.24.2008 / 1:50 PM / Features
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The last time that Brad Treliving changed jobs, he only had to move his office about 30 minutes across metropolitan Phoenix.

For as much as his responsibilities changed with that switch, though, Treliving might as well have hopped a cross-country jet.

Regardless, with the support his current bosses are giving him, it could be a while before Treliving needs to update his resume again.

Earlier this offseason, Treliving, in his second season in the organization, was promoted from player personnel director of the San Antonio Rampage to that team's general manager. Since the Rampage's NHL parent is the Coyotes, and he is assistant GM of that team, he works out of Phoenix.

That's the same city where Treliving worked for seven seasons as president of the Central Hockey League. It was unique training for eventual work in an NHL front office.

"My background, I feel fortunate it prepared me,'' he said. "It gives you a chance to see 18 different organizations. It lets you see the things that are good and the things you would do different. It allows you to develop your own ideas.''

And the Coyotes have let Treliving turn them from theory into action. He was integral in Phoenix recently extending its affiliation agreement with San Antonio through the 2010-11 season. The organization also has been aggressive in the minor league free agent market, signing defenseman Drew Fata , right wing Derek Nesbitt, left wing Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Ryan Lannon.

Watching games from a detached viewpoint is fun. Being a part of the action with a rooting interest is even better.

"It's different than going to a game at the league level," Treliving said. "You are not concerned with wins and losses. You are concerned with fair play. I knew, at some point, I wanted to be involved on the team side. You leave here, you feel good after wins and not so good after losses. For all the people who are competitors, that's what you want.''

Author: Lindsay Kramer | NHL.com Correspondent

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