The Coyotes signed DARCY REGIER to a multiyear contract to serve as Senior VP & Assistant GM. He previously spent 17 years as Sabres GM (Coyotes). In Phoenix, Sarah McLellan noted the Coyotes "finally filled out their front-office staff," as the assistant GM post "had been left vacant since BRAD TRELIVING left in late April" to become Flames GM. Regier's 17 years with the Sabres was the "longest tenure in team history -- before he was fired last November." Regier said Coyotes GM DON MALONEY gauged his interest in the position "quite a while ago." But he added that a "family trip overseas in May and then ironing out contract [details] pushed the hire back until July." McLellan noted the addition also "coincides with the beginning of a new fiscal year, which both sides saw as appropriate." Regier's duties will "cover the entire hockey operations department -- from working with the team's minor-league affiliate and scouting the pros and amateurs to being involved in adding NHL players, dealing with contracts and handling staffing issues" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/4). In Buffalo, Bucky Gleason writes Regier's experience "will serve him well with the Coyotes." His new position "appears to suit his personality." He can "concentrate on evaluating players and work behind the scenes without worrying about the hassles of dealing with the public and the pressure that comes with the top job." Maloney "certainly doesn't need to worry about Regier challenging him" (BUFFALO NEWS, 7/7).
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Tennis Canada named Venture Communications Head of Strategic Planning MARK HEALY CMO and Bishop Univ. VP/Finance & Administration HELENE ST-AMAND CFO (Tennis Canada)....Orlando City SC named Daytona Int'l Speedway Senior Dir of PR LENNY SANTIAGO VP/Communications. His last day on the job at DIS is today. Santiago had been with DIS since '03 (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 7/6). Santiago will begin with the expansion MLS club on Wednesday (THE DAILY)....The Trail Blazers promoted Pro Scout & Salary Cap Analyst JOE CRONIN to Dir of Player Personnel (Blazers)....The Univ. of Memphis named Southern Miss Assistant AD/Ticket Operations DEREK HOUTZ Assistant AD/Ticket Operations & Sales. UM Assistant AD/Ticketing & Customer Service MELISSA MOORE-BRIGANCE will continue in a new role, assisting with the department's relationship with Paciolan (UM)....The NYRA named New Jersey Transit Senior Dir of Communications JOHN DURSO Dir of Communications & Media Relations (NYRA)....Georgia Tech Assistant AD/Media Relations DEAN BUCHAN left his position on June 30 (DEANBUCHAN.com, 6/30).
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In Des Moines, Kyle Oppenhuizen profiled 28-year-old Iowa Speedway President JIMMY SMALL, who was named to the position in December after NASCAR purchased the track. Small said, "The fan experience in totality is what we are focusing on. From the moment they get their tickets or the moment they go to our website, every aspect is being scrutinized, is being looked at from a NASCAR standpoint, from a racetrack standpoint, from a business standpoint. We’ve got feedback on how we deliver tickets. We’ve got feedback on how fans are getting into the racetrack, parking, camping, seating, concessions, forms of entertainment. All of those different aspects of our business are being looked at closely" (BUSINESSRECORD.com, 7/4).
CHARITY STRIPE: NHL Kings G JONATHAN QUICK yesterday held a private Stanley Cup viewing fundraiser in Hamden, Conn., for Hamden Youth Hockey players and their families. The event "raised money for the Gabriella & Madelyn Education Fund," established for the daughters of late youth hockey coach JASON PAGNI, who died in a one-car crash in January. An estimated 2,000 people attended. The event raised $5,113 (HARTFORD COURANT, 7/7).
TRAVEL TALES: Bruins LW MILAN LUCIC was profiled in the BOSTON GLOBE's VIP Lounge feature. Lucic called the Bahamas his favorite vacation spot. He said that he "liked it so much that I chose to get married there." He said of where he would like to travel, "Bora Bora (an island in French Polynesia) -- but I’m finally going there this summer. I’m looking forward to it, especially since BRITTANY and I have been married for two years and haven’t really had a honeymoon" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/6).
AWARDS & HONORS: NASCAR on Friday announced that longtime Charlotte Observer reporter TOM HIGGINS was named the '15 recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. He was the first beat writer to cover every race on the NASCAR schedule, a role he held from '80-97, when he retired. He will be honored during NASCAR HOF induction ceremonies on Jan. 30 (NASCAR).
NAMES: Hundreds of Red Sox fans on Saturday lined up at Fenway Park to try on DH DAVID ORTIZ’ “diamond-encrusted '13 World Series ring as part of the Red Sox Foundation’s World Series Ring Raffle” (BOSTON HERALD, 7/6)....One of Spurs F TIM DUNCAN’s jerseys from the “infamous sweatbox that was Game 1 of the NBA Finals sold for nearly $21,000 in a recent auction" conducted on NBA.com (MYSANANTONIO.com, 7/3)....UFC President DANA WHITE on Friday ran the 5K “Ulti-Man” race put on by UFC in Las Vegas (REVIEWJOURNAL.com, 7/4)….Celebrities in attendance for the gentlemen’s Wimbledon final on Sunday included DAVID BECKHAM, BRADLEY COOPER, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, SEAN CONNERY, HUGH JACKMAN and KATE WINSLET (INDEPENDENT.co.uk, 7/6).