Las Vegas has hired Kerry Bubolz as team president, owner Billy Foley announced Monday.
"I am excited to join the new Las Vegas NHL team, to be a part of building a franchise from the start and to work with Bill Foley and George McPhee to create a successful and unforgettable franchise," Bubolz told Las Vegas' website.
Bubolz spent the past 13 years working for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA and the Quicken Loans Arena organization. He had served as president of business operations since 2013 and also was president and alternate governor for all teams owned by the Cavaliers operating company, including the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters.
"We conducted an extensive search to find the right president for our hockey franchise. I am happy to announce that Kerry is that leader," Foley said. "Kerry has a wealth of experience leading business operations of not only teams in the NHL, but most recently the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers. He will be able to leverage that varied experience to bring the very best to the Las Vegas NHL franchise. I am looking forward to working with Kerry to create a successful franchise for our community, our fans and our team."
Before joining the Cavaliers, Bubolz was vice president of sales for the Carolina Hurricanes and Southwest Sports Group, which includes the Dallas Stars.
Las Vegas, which has yet to announce a nickname, logo and color scheme, begins play in the 2017-18 season. It hired George McPhee as general manager on July 13, Kelly McCrimmon as assistant GM on Aug. 2 and Murray Craven as senior vice president on Aug. 18. The franchise has not hired a coach.