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KEN SAWYER, SENIOR ADVISOR & ALT. GOVERNOR, BUFFALO SABRES

Ken Sawyer (Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins)
As senior advisor of the Buffalo Sabres, Ken will assist Terry Pegula on major organizational and hockey-related decisions for the franchise.

Ken Sawyer’s working career spans 40 years, including 14 as the Chief Financial Officer of the National Hockey League and 11 years as a senior executive of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He joined the Penguins in September 1999, the day after the team emerged from bankruptcy protection under a new ownership group led by Mario Lemieux. He first served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, becoming President in 2003 and then was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2006.

Under his leadership, the Penguins adopted a strategic plan to ensure that the team would be successful on the ice, be successful as a business and thus be assured of a long future in Pittsburgh. During his tenure the on-ice product was rebuilt and now consists of one of the best rosters of young playesr in the NHL including superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. In 2009, the team reached the pinnacle of success on the ice, winning the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history. As CEO, Ken oversaw all of the Penguins’ operations and the team has emerged as a tremendous success off the ice as well ,selling out every game since early 2007. Ken led efforts to finance and then construct a new arena, the Consol Energy Center, which opened in August 2010 and is viewed by many as the finest arena in the NHL.

He also has extensive experience in League matters as he has represented the Penguins as a Governor of the NHL since 2000 and served previously as Chief Financial Officer of the NHL for 14 years. During that time he served on every major committee of the NHL.

He is a graduate of McGill University in his native Montreal and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Hero Fund and is a current membe of the Board of Trustees of the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. In 2010 he was honored as a recipient of the Management Achievement Award from the Faculty of Management at McGill University. Ken and his wife Shirley reside in Stuart, FL and have two married sons and three grandchildren.

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