The Edmonton Oilers announced the hiring of Bob Nicholson as one of the new Vice-Chairmen of the newly created Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG).
OEG will manage the sports and entertainment assets of Oilers owner Daryl Katz, as well as operate the clubs’ new arena, which is scheduled to open in September 2016.
Nicholson recently retired as President and CEO of Hockey Canada on April 4, a position he held for sixteen years. He spent most of his 35 years in the organization based in Calgary. The Penticton native will remain as a Vice-President of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
“This was an opportunity for me to stay connected to the game I love, work with a hugely promising franchise and be part of an organization that fully understands the power of sports and entertainment to build brands, strengthen communities and inspire young people to excellence,” Nicholson said in a statement through the team.
Nicholson will also serve as an Alternate Governor for the Oilers on the NHL Board of Governors.
The Oilers announced General Manager Kevin Lowe will also join Nicholson as Vice-Chairman, while Patrick LaForge has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of OEG and will be responsible for the group’s business operations.