NHL ENTERPRISES PRESIDENT DUDLEY LEAVING TO JOIN MENTMORE
Published June 1, 1998
NHL Enterprises President RICK DUDLEY "is leaving for a top job at Mentmore, the real estate development and holding company that is involved in a rink development deal with the NHL," according to Terry Lefton of BRANDWEEK. Dudley, who has been with the league since '94, will leave after the Stanley Cup playoffs to become President & CEO of Mentmore's MHC Investments. Dudley will oversee the rink development venture and the hockey-themed apparel brand Rival, a joint venture with the league. Dudley said the Mentmore portfolio will eventually include "everything from (sports-related) hard goods to land-based destination entertainment facilities to possible construction or ownership of minor or major league sports facilities and teams." Lefton reports that league VPs of sponsorship, licensing and fan development reporting to Dudley will report to NHL COO STEVE SOLOMON "until the league hires Dudley's replacement, expected to be from outside the league" (BRANDWEEK, 6/1).