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Executive Transactions

Hockey Canada President & CEO BOB NICHOLSON officially “stepped down” from his position on Friday, effective June 1. Nicholson said, “I’m going to take some time. … I’m sure I’m going to do something, but there is nothing immediate.” Hockey Canada COO SCOTT SMITH “is one candidate to replace Nicholson.” The “thinking has started” that Nicholson will “wind up in the front office” of an NHL club at some point (TORONTO SUN, 4/5). The Hockey News “has been speculating since 2012 that Nicholson would be in line to replace” IIHF President RENE FASEL, “becoming the first Canadian in over 50 years to run that show” (, 4/3).

EXECS: Troy Univ. named STEVE STROUD Senior Associate AD/External Relations, HANNAH MASON Assistant Dir of Development for Special Events and STEVE SIKES GM for the newly formed Troy Sports Properties (Troy)….The Pirates extended the contracts of manager CLINT HURDLE and GM NEAL HUNTINGTON (Pirates)….New Mexico State Univ. named SUZANNE ROSELL Dir of Sponsorship & Sales. This is Rosell’s second stint with NMSU athletics (NMSU).

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