NHL hires Emmy-winning executive vice president

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The National Hockey League has welcomed a nine-time Emmy Award winner to its executive branch.

After a 20-year career at IMG Productions, Steve Mayer was named the NHL’s executive vice president and executive producer, programming and creative development on Tuesday.

Mayer most recently served as IMG’s executive producer and senior vice president. The native of Union, N.J., has produced five Olympic Games, the Winter Classic, the NHL All-Star Game, and the New York City Marathon, in addition to several other major sporting events and ceremonies.

He has also produced several network variety specials and documentary shows, including the NHL Awards (NBC), NBA All-Star All-Style (TNT), Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (CBS), NHL Revealed (NBC/CBC), and Battle of Network Stars (NBC), winning nine Emmys for his efforts.

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to join the NHL and help bring to life a number of major events for fans across North America,” Mayer said in a release.

“I have always admired the league’s forward-thinking approach under Commissioner Bettman’s leadership and am happy now to be in a position to execute and advance that vision in the coming years.”

Mayer will be based in the NHL’s New York office and report to commissioner Gary Bettman.

The hiring comes on the heels of chief operating officer John Collins’ departure from the league in late November.

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