The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that Bob Murray, executive vice president and general manger, has resigned. This change is immediate and Murray will be enrolled in an alcohol abuse program.
The Ducks had placed Murray on administrative leave one day prior to making the decision. This was in anticipation of an internal investigation into claims of inappropriate professional conduct. Anaheim did not specify when the complaints were filed or how many people came forward.
As the franchise begins a search for a general manager, Jeff Solomon is acting as interim general manager.
Henry Samueli, Anaheim's owner, met Murray on Wednesday before the public announcement of Murray's departure.
Henry and Susan Samueli stated in a Wednesday statement that they had apologized on behalf of the company to Bob for his misconduct. They also said that they support Bob's efforts to improve his mental and physical health and asked for their help. "We expect all members of our organization will be treated with respect. We won't stand for any abuse.
"We will now start a systematic, extensive search to find a permanent general manger to guide us forward. This process should be completed by next summer.
The NHL issued a statement shortly after the announcement. It tied the investigation back into its hotline that is used for reporting tips and other details.
The league stated that it supported Bob Murray's decision to resign. "While we are aware that he seeks counselling and treatment for personal issues, there is no excuse for him and there is no room in our League to accommodate the behavior that was reported by the NHL hotline.
"We are grateful to the Ducks' organization, for their prompt and efficient response to our hotline reports. The league and its clubs have a shared goal to create a safe and welcoming environment for all NHL players. They will continue to pursue this goal.
Since 2008, Murray was the Ducks' general manager. Sources told ESPN that Murray's rehabilitation will be paid for by Samueli.
ESPN was also informed by sources this week that Murray's behavior created an "abuse environment" within the company and that many initial complaints were verbal abuse.
Murray stated in the news release that he wanted to apologize to those who were adversely affected by his behavior. I have made a commitment to make positive changes in my life, beginning with enrolling into a treatment program. Henry, Susan Samueli, Michael Schulman were the highlight of my career. As I leave the Ducks, my focus will be on improving my life and the well-being of my family.
The NHL issued a memo to all 32 teams earlier this season in the wake of an investigation into how the Chicago Blackhawks handled sexual assault allegations made by Kyle Beach against Brad Aldrich, former video coach. It required that any abuse be reported immediately to the league. This could encourage more employees to speak up about workplace problems.
This report was contributed by Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan, ESPN.