The National Hockey League consists of 31 teams and it is a non-profitable corporation. Twenty four of its teams are based in the United States and the other seven are from Canada. The league has the world’s best ice hockey players and managers and its activities are known to run smoothly thanks to its able management. Its headquarters are based in New York City. Its management structure is as follows:
The hockey league launched in 1917 has a ruling and governing body referred to as the Board of Governors. There is a specific way of appointing members of this governing body. Normally, each team participating appoints one Governor to represent them on the board. In most cases, the Governor appointed is the owner of the club. Two other alternatives are appointed on this board. Currently, the board has a chair known as Jeremy Jacobs who is the owner of NHL team Boston Bruins.
Responsibilities of the Board of Governors
The main purpose of this board is to establish policies and rules governing the league. They also help towards upholding the league’s constitution. They have powers to fire and hire the commissioner. They review and approve all amendments to the rules. They have to be consulted when any member club wants to relocate or is being sold. The members meet twice annually in June and in December.
The incumbent commissioner of the National Hockey League is Garry Bettman and has a huge team of key decision-makers of the league serving under him. The position of the executive was created in 1993 and is the highest-ranking office in the competition. Garry has been in the post since it was created. Some of his functions are to appoint NHL game officials and also in collective bargaining talks. People helping him administer his duties are the Deputy Commissioner, Chief Legal Officer and the Senior Vice President of Player Safety.