The NHL has hired more than 500 employees to help its hockey operations with job growth and growth in the sports department, NHL Chief Operating Officer Kevin Huynh said in a news release Tuesday.
The hiring includes a new director of player personnel, a new deputy director of operations and an executive assistant.
The NHL has been seeking and securing new hockey personnel since the team’s first full-season under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced in July.
The NHL is also seeking a new assistant general manager and a new vice president of player operations.
A team spokesperson said the hiring was not linked to the NHL’s decision to suspend the contract of former NHL star Sidney Crosby.
The decision was made in the wake of the ongoing criminal probe of former New York Islanders forward Mark Streit, who was charged with multiple counts of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.
The NHL also hired former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who won the Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016.
Huge expansion of NHL talent, Huyny said, is key to the team making the leap to the next level.
The hiring comes as the NHL faces an expansion season that could result in the expansion of the league to 50 teams and its largest market, Los Angeles, the largest market in the United States.
The Los Angeles Kings, who play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, are expected to become the first team in the National Hockey League to play in a new building.
The new hires, who will work at NHL headquarters in Washington, include:The hiring is the second big hire for the NHL in 2017.
The league is also expanding its marketing and communications capabilities, adding billboards and social media, and is investing in technology to improve its customer service.