Edmonton Oilers hire Anselmi to drive Rogers Place, ICE District growth

NHL ice hockey team the Edmonton Oilers has hired Tom Anselmi as its new president of business operations and chief operating officer and promoted Bob Nicholson to the position of chairman.

Anselmi will also serve as president of business operations and chief operating officer of ICE District, the major sports and entertainment district where the Oilers’ home arena, Rogers Place, is based.

Nicholson previously served as chief executive and vice-chair of the Oilers and first joined the team in 2014. As chairman, he will be the senior leader of Oilers Entertainment Group’s franchises, which also include the Edmonton Oil Kings and Bakersfield Condors.

Anselmi will report to Katz Group chief executive Jürgen Schreiber and will oversee all aspects of OEG’s day-to-day business operations, including facility management, operation and programming of Rogers Place, Ford Hall and ICE District Plaza.

Anselmi will be tasked with integrating Rogers Place and ICE District operations into one “world-class” experience for customers and fans.

Anselmi most recently served as president and chief executive of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. He also served as president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Toronto, originally joining MLSE in 1996 with responsibility for the overall development of Air Canada Centre.

The Oilers moved into Rogers Place in 2016. More info on the 18,000-seat arena, which also hosts music concerts and other events, can be found here.

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