Josh Kroenke ushered in a new era of Colorado Avalanche hockey when he was named Team President on May 10, 2013. Prior to being named President, Kroenke spent four seasons as Governor of the Avalanche, working closely with the organization and representing the Avalanche at NHL ownership meetings.
Following his appointment, Kroenke named Joe Sakic as head of hockey operations, giving Sakic the responsibility of overseeing all hockey-related decisions. In Kroenke's first season as President, the Avalanche tied a franchise record with 52 wins and won the Central Division championship.
Kroenke, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, was instrumental in bringing the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game to Denver. The historic event saw 50,095 fans attend the first-ever NHL outdoor game in the Mile High City between the Avalanche and Red Wings. The night before, 43,000 fans were in attendance for the Avalanche-Red Wings Alumni Game, a memorable contest that featured 12 Hall of Famers. The Stadium Series Game was the headline event of the Avalanche's 20th Anniversary Season in Denver, a year-long celebration that included the unveiling of the 20th Anniversary Team.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Avalanche, Kroenke, 36, serves as President and Governor of the NBA's Denver Nuggets. Over the past six years as Team President, Kroenke has been involved in every aspect of the Nuggets' day-to-day operations and helped them to a franchise-record 57 wins during the 2012-13 campaign. This season will mark his 10th overall with the team's front office.
In 2014, Kroenke was named to the SportsBusiness Daily's prestigious "Forty Under 40" list. The annual list honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40.
Athletic competition has always been a passion for Kroenke, who attended the University of Missouri on a basketball scholarship. He was a contributor during Missouri's trip to the Elite Eight as a sophomore in 2002, and he earned Academic All-Big XII First Team honors while serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. After graduating with a degree in financial management, Kroenke completed a six-month internship with the NBA's League Office, working in their Player Development Department. Upon finishing his internship, Kroenke worked as an analyst and underwriter for Lehman Brothers in their Global Real Estate Group, where he assisted with the securitization of numerous commercial real estate transactions.
Aside from his duties with the Avalanche and Nuggets, Kroenke serves as an Alternate Governor for the Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer) and on the Board of Directors for Arsenal Football Club (English Premier League) in London. Kroenke is an active supporter of Kroenke Sports Charities, which provides programs and support to assist, encourage, and enrich the lives of those in need. He is also involved in several other charitable endeavors, including the Todd Peglow Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri. In addition, he is a major supporter of the Playing For Change Foundation, which was co-founded by his sister, Whitney, and benefits children worldwide by building schools that specialize in teaching music and arts. He currently serves on the Board of Strategic Development for the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.