By Tom WillsThe NHL announced Wednesday it will have a new team in Los Angeles that will be led by former NHL executive Bob Boughton, who was recently promoted to a senior executive role.
“This is a very exciting time for the hockey community, as we move forward to build a stronger and more agile NHL in Los Angels,” Boughtons vice president of communications, Bob Bighorn, said in a statement.
“I can’t wait to get started and get our fans excited for our new partners in LA.”
Boughson is the fourth NHL executive in the past four months to be named to the board.
The group will be comprised of executives from major sports, entertainment, media and media consulting companies.
The new group, which will include the league’s head of hockey operations and chief business development officer, will be in place by March, with Boughston stepping down as executive chairman in March and the new group set to take office in the fall.
Boughton has been an active player in hockey for many years, first as a player in the NHL and then as an executive with the NHL Players’ Association.
He led the union’s negotiations with the league before the 2016-17 season, which culminated in the league agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement that has made significant changes to the game.