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DARYL A. KATZ

Owner & Governor

Born and raised in Edmonton, Daryl Katz grew up a passionate Oilers fan. He has a deep connection with the team's rich history and is focused on creating the foundation for a winning tradition and bringing the Stanley Cup back to the City of Champions.

Daryl began building what is now Oilers Entertainment Group in 2008. Today, with more than 1,600 full and part-time staff, OEG houses Katz Group's growing sports & entertainment businesses and operates Rogers Place, one of the leading sports and entertainment venues in North America. Rogers Place was designed and built in a landmark collaboration between Katz Group and the City of Edmonton.

Away from the ice, Daryl has committed significant time, energy and capital to make his vision for a revitalized downtown Edmonton a reality. ICE District is an ambitious multi-billion dollar project that is transforming the heart of our downtown into a vibrant, walkable and sustainable sports and entertainment district, with a host of new commercial, residential and public amenities. With Rogers Place now open, and the surrounding ICE District development well underway, we're seeing an exciting rebirth of Edmonton's urban core.

Daryl was born and raised in Edmonton, and graduated from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law in 1985. Daryl and his wife Renee are proud parents of Harrison and Chloe, co-founders of the Hockey Helps Kids charitable initiative. He also serves on the National Hockey League Board of Governors.

TOM ANSELMI

President, Business Operations & Chief Operating Officer

Anselmi joined the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and Oilers Entertainment Group as President, Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO) on June 10, 2019.

Anselmi is responsible for all aspects of OEG's day-to-day business operations. This includes Team Business Operations and programming and operations of ICE District, including Rogers Place, Ford Hall and ICE Plaza, sales and marketing, guest experience, food and beverage, human resources and finance.

He is an accomplished senior executive in the sports and entertainment industry. Prior to joining OEG, he was, most recently, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the NHL's Ottawa Senators. Prior to that, Anselmi was President and Chief Operating Officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Toronto. He originally joined MLSE in 1996 and was responsible for the overall development of Air Canada Centre. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and President in 2012. Anselmi was a key member of the team that launched MLSE and built it into one of the world's most admired sports and entertainment organizations.

Prior to joining MLSE, Anselmi was Vice President, General Manager of Arena Operations for Canucks Sports and Entertainment in Vancouver. He spent a number of years at Toronto's Skydome (now Rogers Centre) during the development of the facility and during its initial operating phase. Prior to his focus on sports and entertainment, he was involved in several major capital projects across North America in the mining sector.

Anselmi attended Ryerson University and the University of Saskatchewan, where he studied Engineering. A long-time supporter of Canada's military, in 2011, he received the Chief of Defence Staff commendation, the highest military honour a civilian can receive. He has served on a number of community boards including Basketball Canada, Molson Indy, MLSE Foundation, University of Saskatchewan Athletics, Toronto Board of Trade, Covenant House, and is currently a member on the board of directors of Canada's Walk of Fame and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

BOB NICHOLSON

Chairman, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club & Alternate Governor

Bob Nicholson, 66, is in his sixth season with the Edmonton Oilers. On June 10, 2019, Nicholson was named Chairman, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. The structure change allows Nicholson to devote his energies to OEG's hockey franchises and growing sports businesses.

Nicholson was hired by the Katz Group on June 13, 2014, as Vice-Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), a sports and entertainment company that manages the Katz Group's growing family of sports and entertainment assets, including the operation of Rogers Place, the home of the Edmonton Oilers since 2016-17.

He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair of OEG on April 24, 2016, bringing his exceptional skills as a motivator, team builder and leader to OEG. Working closely with Chairman and owner Daryl Katz, Nicholson was overseeing all aspects of operations including expansion of the group's sports and entertainment offerings, delivering outstanding fan experiences, securing major new sponsorships and events, and operating Rogers Place, North America's leading sports and entertainment venue.

Since joining OEG in 2014, Nicholson oversees the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club hockey operations, working closely with Ken Holland, Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. He also serves as an Alternate Governor for the Edmonton Oilers on the NHL Board of Governors.

Nicholson joined the Oilers after a long and successful tenure with Hockey Canada, serving as the President and CEO from 1988 to 2014, where he oversaw all operations for competitions Canada participated in internationally, including the IIHF World Hockey Championships and Olympic Winter Games, and has overseen Canada winning 72 medals in international competition since 1990, 44 of which were gold, including seven Olympic gold medals.  

Nicholson also served as the Senior Vice President of the Canadian Hockey Association from 1992 to 1998 and Vice President of Programs with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association from 1990 to 1991. He has been heavily involved with international hockey, serving on the International Ice Hockey Federation's Player Safety Committee and currently holds the position of Vice President of the International Ice Hockey Federation which he was re-elected to in May 2016.

Before joining the national body, Nicholson was Technical Director with the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association from 1979 to 1989. He was inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. He played minor hockey and Junior A hockey in Penticton, helping the Penticton Broncos win the BCJHL and B.C.-Alberta championships, and also played NCAA hockey at Providence College in Rhode Island. Bob was awarded the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the game of hockey in Canada.

Nicholson and wife Lorna have two daughters, Mandi and MJ, and one son, Grant.     

WAYNE GRETZKY

Alternate Governor

Wayne Gretzky, 58, enters his fourth season as Alternate Governor for the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky works closely with owner Daryl Katz, and Oilers Chairman Bob Nicholson in all aspects of the organization.

Iconic Oilers captain and all-time hockey great, Gretzky works with the OEG team on the commercial side of the business to attract world-class sports and entertainment partnerships and events to Rogers Place, as well as supporting development initiatives in ICE District.

Gretzky has held many notable management positions with Hockey Canada, including serving as a Senior Advisor for the men's hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, winning a gold medal. He also held senior management positions with Team Canada at the Olympic Games, including serving as Canada's Executive Director at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino and winning a gold medal as Canada's Executive Director at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He also received the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee for outstanding contributions to the game of hockey in 2002. Gretzky captured gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey as Canada's Executive Director and served as Canada's Executive Director at the 2001 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Germany.

The Brantford, Ontario native enjoyed a 20-year Hall of Fame career and at the time of his retirement, he held or shared 61 NHL records. Gretzky is the NHL's all-time leader in goals (894), assists (1,963) and points (2,857), as well as the all-time leader in playoff goals (122), playoff assists (260) and playoff points (382) and is the only player to record 200 or more points in an NHL season, reaching the mark four times (1981-82, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86). Gretzky played nine seasons for the Edmonton Oilers (1979-88), winning four Stanley Cups (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988), as well as suiting up for the Los Angeles Kings (1988-96), St. Louis Blues (1996) and New York Rangers (1996-99).

Gretzky is the most decorated player in NHL history which includes: winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player a record nine times (1980-87, 1989), the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer 10 times (1981-87, 1990-91, 1994), the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP twice (1985, 1988), the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL's most gentlemanly player five times (1980, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999), the Lester B. Pearson Award as the NHL's most valuable player, as voted on by the players, five times (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987) and MVP of the NHL All-Star Game three times (1983, 1989, 1999). He was named to the NHL First All-Star Team eight times (1981-87, 1991) and is the only player in NHL history to have his number retired league-wide, after retiring from the NHL as a player on April 15, 1999.

In the fall of 1999, he became the 10th player to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waved for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Gretzky was also inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2000.

Following his retirement as a player, Gretzky served as Head Coach and Managing Partner of the Phoenix Coyotes from June 2000 through September 2009.

In 2016-17, Gretzky was named as one of the NHL's top 100 players of all-time and also served as the official ambassador for the league's centennial celebrations.

Internationally, Gretzky represented Canada as a player on eight occasions and was the leading scorer in six of his eight international appearances. His final international appearance for Canada as a player was at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. He played for Canada in four Canada Cups (1981, 1984, 1987, 1991), one World Cup (1996), one World Championship (1982) and one World Junior Championship (1978).

Gretzky captained Canada at the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup, as well as the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He was named to the All-Star team and tournament MVP at the 1987 Canada Cup, posting 21 points (3G, 18A) in nine games, and winning the tournament. He won the 1984 Canada Cup with Canada, and was named to the All-Star Team.

Gretzky won a bronze medal with Canada at the 1982 IIHF World Hockey Championship and was named to the tournament All-Star Team. In his first international appearance for Canada, he won a bronze medal with Canada at the 1978 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and was named the tournament's Top Forward and named to the tournament All-Star Team; he was the first 16-year-old to represent Canada at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Wayne and his wife Janet have five children, daughters Paulina and Emma and sons Ty, Trevor and Tristan. He is a grandfather of two, Tatum and River, born to his daughter Paulina and her fiancé, golfer Dustin Johnson.

Gretzky is in business with his son Ty, who founded Gretzky Hockey Schools in 2014, and recently expanded his wine business, Wayne Gretzky Estates, to produce his own house brand of whisky, called Wayne Gretzky Red Cask Whisky.

He created the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youngsters throughout North America to participate in hockey. In collaboration with the Hockey Canada Foundation, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation funds the Future Team Canada Program which rewards and recognizes 13 minor hockey teams across the country for displaying positive values. He also serves as Honorary Chairman of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities in Canada.

Gretzky was presented with the Order of Canada in January 1998 and was one of the five inaugural honourees into the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2012.     

KEVIN LOWE

Alternate Governor

Kevin Lowe, 60, is an Alternate Governor of Oikers Entertainment Group (OEG). Previously, Lowe served as the Oilers President of Hockey Operations for seven seasons and prior to that he spent eight seasons as the Oilers General Manager.

A new era in Oilers' history was ushered in when Lowe was named to the position of General Manager on June 9, 2000. With the announcement, the first-ever draft pick in Oilers' history replaced Glen Sather, who held the position since June of 1979. Lowe's appointment came a year after he was named Head Coach of the Oilers on June 18, 1999. Over those years the team's payroll was annually near the bottom of the league however the team was a league leader in dollars spent for points earned in standings including many playoff appearances. As GM, he became one of only 40 general managers in the history of the NHL to get his team to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, losing in game seven to the Carolina Hurricanes.

It took the popular Lowe only three seasons from his retirement from the game as a player to make his way to the position of General Manager. After a brilliant playing career in the National Hockey League with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, Lowe announced his retirement from the game on July 30, 1998 and joined the coaching ranks as he served as an assistant coach with Ron Low's Edmonton staff in 1998-99.

The 1999-00 season saw Lowe become the seventh head coach in Oilers history. In his lone season behind the Edmonton bench, Lowe guided the Oilers to a second place finish in the Northwest Division with a 32-26-16-8 record, only eight points behind the first place Colorado Avalanche, and a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Lowe's expertise has also translated into success for Team Canada on the international stage. On November 8, 2000, Lowe was named as Assistant Executive Director of Canada Olympic Hockey for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Working with former teammate Wayne Gretzky, Team Canada's Executive Director, head coach Pat Quinn and Director of Player Personnel, Steve Tambellini, Lowe helped put together a team of NHL players that won the Olympic gold medal for Canada for the first time in 50 years. A 5-2 victory over the United States in the gold medal final on February 24, 2002 saw Team Canada become the first Canadian squad to win Olympic gold since the Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys won at Oslo, Norway in 1952. He reprised that role with Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy and was a member of Team Canada's management team that put together the gold medal winning roster at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Lowe, along with Doug Armstrong and Ken Holland, assisted General Manager Steve Yzerman to help guide Canada's Olympic Team to another historic gold medal victory in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Lowe once again represented his country as a part of Team Canada's management team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where Canada won gold again. 

Lowe was the Oilers' first-ever draft pick when he was selected 21st overall in the 1979 NHL Amateur Draft on August 9, 1979. During 19 seasons in the NHL, including 15 as an Oiler, Lowe played in 1,254 regular season games and 214 playoff games, winning six Stanley Cup championships. The first five Cup championships came with Edmonton as he was a member of each of the Oilers' titles in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990 and was followed by a sixth with the New York Rangers in 1994. In his 15 seasons with Edmonton, the Oilers never failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Lowe in the lineup. In fact, Lowe only missed post-season play once in his 19-year career as New York missed the 1992-93 playoffs during his first season in Manhattan.

Besides being the first draft choice in Oilers' history, Lowe also scored the first goal in team history as he beat Tony Esposito at 9:49 of the first period in Edmonton's first NHL game on October 10, 1979 at Chicago Stadium. The goal launched a career that saw him play for 19 seasons without spending a day in the minors. That goal was also assisted by Wayne Gretzky, marking the "Great One's" first ever point in the NHL.

Lowe holds the Oilers' record for most games played in both the regular season (1,037) and playoffs (172) and is one of only 45 players in NHL history to have played in 1,000 games with one franchise. He also ranks among Edmonton's all-time leaders as he is eighth in assists (309), 11th in points (383) and third in penalty minutes (1,236).

He became the sixth captain in Oilers' history in 1990-91, fulfilling the promise of his junior career that saw him named the first Anglo-Canadian captain of the Quebec Remparts.

On the international stage he represented Canada at the 1982 World Championships and was a member of Team Canada that won the 1984 Canada Cup. He also played in seven NHL All-Star Games (1984-86, 1988-90, 1993).    

Off the ice, he was no less of a leader. In 1990, Lowe became the only player to win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Budweiser/NHL Man of the Year Award in the same season. Both awards are presented for leadership qualities and humanitarian contributions. He was also the Oilers' nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy that season. His work with the Edmonton Christmas Bureau has set the standard for the Oilers' commitment to community involvement. He was the Honorary Chair from 1982-83 to 1991-92 and Honorary Co-Chair from 2005 to present.

Lowe, has a son, Shane, and he and his wife Karen, a two-time Olympic alpine skiing bronze medal winner for Canada at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, have three daughters - Devyn, Darby and Karly - and a son, Keegan, who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd round, 73rd overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Kevin and Karen are supporters of SwimDrinkFish Canada, the Waterkeeper Alliance and Zebra Society. Lowe was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019, and was named to the Quebec Remparts All-Star Team (from 1969 to 1985) as part of the QMJHL's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018-19.      

STEW MACDONALD

EVP, Revenue

As Executive Vice President Revenue, Stew MacDonald is responsible for providing leadership to OEG's revenue operations. As one of the organization's senior executives, he leads a team responsible for ticketing, premium seating, corporate partnerships and customer relationships for the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings and Bakersfield Condors. Stew originally joined the organization in 1987, spending ten years as the Oilers Director of Marketing. He then served as Chief Operating Officer of the American Hockey League's Saint John Flames for five years, and returned to OEG in 2003 where he has since held a number of roles in commercial leadership. Stew holds a diploma in Sports Administration from Durham College. He is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

MacDonald began his professional career in 1981 with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, where he served as the club's Director of Marketing and Publicity. In 1987 he joined the Oilers where he played a leading role as the organization's Director of Marketing for over a decade. In 1998 he was named Chief Operating Officer of the American Hockey League's Saint John Flames and guided the club for five seasons. 

The sports industry veteran rejoined the Oilers organization temporarily in 2003 as a member of the project team for the Molson Canadian Heritage Classic outdoor game, and then on a permanent basis in 2004 when he was appointed President of the Edmonton Road Runners Hockey Club. In 2005, he was named the Oilers Vice President of Marketing, and in 2006 he assumed his current duties. 

Among the highlights of MacDonald's career are three Stanley Cup Championships ('87, '88, '90), an AHL Championship ('01) and a WHL Championship ('12). 

MacDonald holds a Diploma in Sports Administration from Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. He and his wife Sheila reside near downtown Edmonton.

JASON QUILLEY

EVP, Finance

Jason Quilley is Executive Vice President, Finance in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for financial, legal, insurance risk management and corporate procurement services. He provides overall leadership and execution for OEG's financial and shared service operations. Jason has been with Oilers Entertainment Group since 2001, holding positions of Controller, Senior Director, Business Operations and Vice President Business Operations & Development. Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). Jason is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

STUART BALLANTYNE

SVP, Operations

Stuart 'Stu' Ballantyne is the SVP, Operations in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for all OEG Operations, IT, production systems, office administration, special project management, and corporate hospitality and hosting. Stu will also have a shared responsibility to oversee ICE District, Plaza and Senior Operating Team operations. Stu joined Oilers Entertainment Group in July 2015 in this role, and prior to that held a number of influential positions in his extensive career. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society and has also held the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the WHL's Vancouver Giants Hockey Club, General Manager of the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup and the 2006 IIHF Word Junior Championship. He is a marketing graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Currently resides in Edmonton and is based out of the Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

ADAM BARRIE

SVP, Human Resources

Adam Barrie is Senior Vice President, Human Resources in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for the overall vision of human resources initiatives, including payroll, benefits, travel, leadership development, retention and recruiting top talent, total compensation and rewards, performance management, and other activities essential to Oilers Entertainment Group. Prior to joining Oilers Entertainment Group, Adam held the position of Director, Human Resources at Hockey Canada for 7 years. Adam holds a Bachelor of Management in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Lethbridge, and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Adam is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

JEFF HARROP

SVP, Marketing

Jeff Harrop is the Senior Vice President, Marketing in the OEG Executive Structure, responsible for brand equity, product marketing (demand generation), broadcast, content development, digital media, game presentation, fan development, and creative services. Jeff has been with Oilers Entertainment Group since June 2015, where he joined the organization in this position. Prior to joining OEG, Jeff held the position of Senior Marketing Director with Molson Coors Canada, winning multiple advertising and media awards for his work with Molson's "Red Beer Fridge" and "Anything For Hockey" campaigns. Prior to Molson, Jeff spent 13 years in a variety of marketing, sales and new business roles with Johnson & Johnson Inc. A graduate of the McGill University Masters of Business Administration program, Jeff is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

TIM SHIPTON

SVP, Communications

Tim Shipton is Senior Vice President, Communications in the OEG Executive structure, responsible for corporate communications, government and media relations. Tim will also oversee OEG's community strategy, including how it relates to the operation of the EOCF and Oilers Alumni programs. Tim joined OEG in October 2013, and prior to that held the position of President at the Alberta Enterprise Group. Tim will continue to hold a position on OEG's Senior Operating Team (SOT). Tim is based in Edmonton at Oilers Entertainment Group headquarters.

Tim graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is also a Top 40 Under 40 honoree by Avenue Magazine and was named a Rising Star by Oilweek Magazine.