The Ducks announced today the executive staff for their San Diego-based American Hockey League (AHL) club, which will commence play this fall at the start of 2015-16 AHL regular season.
Under owners Henry and Susan Samueli, the San Diego AHL club’s staff includes: Michael Schulman - Chief Executive Officer; Bob Murray - President of Hockey Operations; Ari Segal - President of Business Operations; and Bob Ferguson - General Manager.
Schulman serves as Chairman of the Board of Anaheim Arena Management (AAM), Chief Executive Officer of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club (ADHC), Chairman of the Board of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and serves on the board of NHL Enterprises. Schulman also is an Alternate Governor for the NHL Board of Governors and Managing Director of H&S Ventures, the entity that manages the Samueli Family Office, AAM and ADHC.
In addition to his role with Honda Center and the Ducks, Schulman is responsible for developing additional ice and inline rinks in Southern California. He is the Chairman of THE RINKS Program and oversees its development, including the advancement of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League and the California State Championship. The high school league has grown to 41 teams and recently expanded to San Diego with the addition of La Jolla Country Day and San Diego South High Schools. As part of THE RINKS program, the Ducks also have partnerships with all five ice rinks in the San Diego area.
Murray is now in his 40th consecutive year in the National Hockey League, his seventh as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Ducks. He won the NHL General Manager of the Year award in 2013-14 and has been a finalist for the honor the last two NHL seasons. Last season, the Ducks were selected as The Hockey News’ No. 1 team in Future Watch 2014, which grades the prospects and player development of all 30 NHL teams. Of the top 100 prospects named in Future Watch 2014, the Ducks have three in the top 30 and four overall. Anaheim held the No. 2 spot in Future Watch 2013.
Murray was named to his current position on Nov. 12, 2008 after spending the previous three-plus seasons as the club’s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations, winning a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007. Murray was the General Manager of the Portland Pirates (Anaheim’s AHL affiliate) from 2005-06 through 2007-08. The Pirates went to the Conference Finals twice (2006 & 2008), appearing in six playoff rounds.
Segal will serve both as President of Business Operations for Anaheim’s San Diego-based AHL affiliate and Special Assistant to Ducks CEO Michael Schulman. Segal has been a consultant to Schulman for the last three years, advising on a range of special projects including preparations for the new AHL club. He recently worked with the NHL in New York in the league’s broadcast media strategy group, evaluating league and club broadcast rights and distribution deals.
Previously, Segal was an associate with McKinsey & Company in the firm’s sports practice, advising clients on business and performance strategy and operations with a focus on maximizing player performance through improved care and development (2011 & 2014). Segal received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and his JD from Stanford Law School in 2013. He worked in private equity with CCMP Capital Advisors from 2007-09 and in investment banking with Lehman Brothers from 2005-07. Segal graduated from the University of Virginia with distinction in 2005.
Ferguson is in his third season as Assistant General Manager of the Norfolk Admirals. He has spent more than 30 years in a coaching or management capacity at the minor league and junior levels, including the last six seasons with the Ducks organization. Prior to joining the Ducks, Ferguson spent nine years as a head coach in the professional ranks with the Indianapolis Ice of the IHL, as well as the Florida Everblades and Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. In his nine seasons as a professional coach, Ferguson’s teams never missed the playoffs.
A native of Kingston, Ontario, Ferguson is a three-time USA Hockey National Champion (Gold Cup), a five-time United States Hockey League (USHL) Coach of the Year, a five-time USHL General Manager of the Year and two-time ECHL Coach of the Year. Before reaching the IHL, Ferguson coached in the USHL for 17 seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers and Des Moines Buccaneers. With 517 career USHL coaching wins, he ranks third all-time in league history. During his USHL tenure, he led Sioux City (2) and Des Moines (3) to multiple Clark Cup championships.
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