Anthony LeBlanc stayed the course even when his goal seemed impossible to reach. Four years and thousands of airline miles later, he's finally putting his big plan in motion to turn the Phoenix Coyotes into the type of first-rate and profitable NHL franchise he always believed it could be.
Once his immigration paperwork goes through, LeBlanc will add president and CEO to a title that already includes alternate governor of the Coyotes. He plans to move to the Phoenix area full-time and recently gave up his season tickets to the Ottawa Senators.
He's all in.
"I'm a Canadian kid, and being involved with the NHL is something that the average Canadian boy would do anything he can to be a part of," LeBlanc told NHL.com. "But from the moment we first started looking at this franchise four years ago, we were intrigued at the opportunity. We felt it was an asset that hadn't been managed properly on the business side, and we always felt Phoenix could absolutely be a hockey market."