Friday , Mar , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Gabriel takes on new role in Orlando

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic announced on Friday that John
Weisbrod will take over the general manager role for John Gabriel, who will
serve as a team advisor and regional scout.

Gabriel, who has been with the Magic organization since its inception, was
promoted to the general manager post on April 29, 1996 after serving as the
club’s Vice President of Basketball Operations/Player Personnel since January
1994. He previously served the organization as director of player personnel,
director of scouting, and as an assistant coach.

During the summer of 2000, Gabriel spearheaded the signing of two of the most
coveted free agents available in six-time All-Star Grant Hill and Tracy

Gabriel was responsible for building the Magic roster that went to the 1995
NBA Finals, when the organization had only been in existence in the NBA for
six years. Orlando has posted nine consecutive seasons with a .500-plus
record, while making six postseason appearances.

Weisbrod was named COO of RDV Sports on March 8, 2000 and prior to that he
served as vice president and general manager of the Orlando Solar Bears.

Before his time with the Solar Bears, he spent four seasons as executive vice
president and director of hockey operations for Albany of the American Hockey

Weisbrod joined the front office after retiring as a player from the NHL’s San
Jose Sharks due to a career-ending shoulder injury. He was originally selected
by the Minnesota North Stars in the fourth round (73rd overall) of the 1987
NHL Entry Draft.

“The one constant in John Weisbrod’s background is winning,” said team
president Bob Vander Weide. “His grasp of team dynamics and his experience in
building winning organizations make him a great fit for this role. He is a
fierce competitor, which is something our organization needs right now. I also
look forward to having more direct involvement in decisions regarding our
team, which is something I haven’t had the opportunity to do the last few