2016 was a big year for Bill Foley.
Bringing the first-ever major league professional sports franchise to the city of Las Vegas, Foley's accomplishments the past 12 months were historic not only for his new hometown, but also for the NHL as a league.
Foley was recently chosen by NHL.com as one of hockey's most influential figures for the calendar year 2016.
"The billionaire businessman has made all the right moves since the NHL Board of Governors in June approved expansion to Las Vegas," NHL.com wrote of Foley. "The Golden Knights will be the League's 31st team, starting in 2017-18. Foley's first major hire on the hockey operations side was general manager: the highly respected George McPhee, who spent 17 seasons as GM of the Washington Capitals (1997-2014)."
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