GLENS FALLS, NY -- Newly-minted Adirondack Flames President Brian Petrovek has worked with Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving in years past and he's thrilled to reunite with his friend and colleague.
"It's special," he told CalgaryFlames.com "We're pinching ourselves right now. When I got word that this was happening I said to myself, 'Maybe the stars are really going to align and we're going to do something together again and to a certain degree, start fresh.'
The pair spent three years working closely together when Petrovek was the managing owner and CEO of Portland Pirates and Treliving was the Phoenix Coyotes' assistant general manager.
"He's the real deal," was how Petrovek described Treliving as a coworker. "He's great to work with. He's hard-nosed. He gets it. He's a professional. He's a listener. He's a business person. But he's competitor, which is what I really like about him.
"A competitor in the locker room and in the board room, that's what you're getting with him."
Petrovek comes to the organization with an extensive resume that spans a wide variety of roles within the hockey industry. For the past 14 years, he was the managing owner and CEO of the Pirates. Prior to that, he held senior management roles with USA Hockey.
He also worked for the New Jersey Devils, acting as their Vice President of Marketing. He also was the Utica Devils Executive Director at point.
Petrovek is a graduate of Harvard with a master’s degree and was an All-American goaltender with Harvard before being drafted to the NHL by the Los Angeles Kings.
His past experiences will be of great benefit in his new role, which encompasses a number of responsibilities.
"Hockey operations from soup to nuts, from A to Z, are managed and completely controlled by the Calgary Flames. I don't touch that. My job is to create the playground for those players and those coaches to develop to the next level and provide the setting that gives them the best chance to do that.
"It's run sales and marketing at the end of the day. Provide the setting, make sure that the tickets are sold, make sure the marketing is managed, make sure the team is taken care of, and make sure their needs are met."
In addition to ensuring the Adirondack Flames will create and foster a positive environment for player development, Petrovek will also make sure the organization is integrated into the community.
He has an impressive history of community leadership, participating on several charitable boards and committees including as Board Chair for the United Way of Greater Portland, and is adamant the team enriches Glens Falls and the surrounding area.
"I provide the team with community opportunities. As you know, when we're developing a player, we're developing a person. The importance of community is paramount from a player development standpoint.
"We will be out in the community for sure."