EDMONTON, AB - Just seconds into a press conference on Monday morning, Chairman of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club Bob Nicholson made it clear: "change is certainly here."
Moving into a new role with the Oilers Entertainment Group, Nicholson introduced Tom Anselmi as the President of Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the Edmonton Oilers and ICE District on Monday.
Nicholson, who has been with the organization for five years, feels the hiring of Anselmi, "really gives us more strength and power going forward." The addition will also present opportunities to grow the Oilers Entertainment Group brand globally in the coming years - a vision held by Owner Daryl Katz.
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"We're going to look at other sports, not only in North America but globally over the next little while," said Nicholson on Monday. "A lot of it is just in the works. We're certainly going to look at different hockey opportunities globally. Expanding what we can do in hockey with various leagues and other areas we can work on - we brought in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, we brought the World Junior Hockey Championships in.
"We're also going to look at other sports. With Daryl, we've talked about a lot of different options. We're looking at what we can do in Edmonton and also what we can do globally. None of it is in stone yet but we're going to work on it. This (hiring of Anselmi) is going to give us more horsepower to do that in the future. We're now going to expand that search."