Nieuwendyk to be Forever A Flame but chooses parenthood over GM duties

Former Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk speaks at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol...

Former Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk speaks at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

Eric Francis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

Sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle Friday afternoon, Joe Nieuwendyk admits the boys’ weekend he is in the midst of has plenty to do with why he’s coming back to Calgary next month as an honouree and not Calgary Flames GM.

In the middle of a four-hour road trip from Dallas to Houston with 11-year-old son Jackson, Nieuwendyk says weekend jaunts to minor hockey tournaments hold far more appeal to him right now than the NHL’s charter flights and daily grind that comes along with being a GM in the league.

“I’m enjoying the family and spending lots of time with my son and his hockey,” said the 47-year-old, making his very first public comments on the vacant Flames gig.

“I’ve had conversations with (Flames president of hockey operations) Brian (Burke), and I just don’t feel at this particular time it’s something I want to give 110% to, which is what that job requires.”


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