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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82