NHL Hot Stove with Gary Bettman and Francesco Aquilini
Program: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Vancouver will play centre stage to the hockey world when it hosts the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on June 21 and 22.
To help kick off the festivities, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini will participate in a panel discussion at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on June 21, discussing the state of the league, future innovations in the sport, and celebration plans for the Canucks' upcoming 50th season.
This Hot Stove panel discussion will also provide insights into the upcoming 2019-20 NHL season and give guests an exclusive chance to hear from two of the league's most prominent individuals.
Don't miss this special event to kick off draft weekend and one of the NHL's largest events of the year!
Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League
Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Canucks Sports and Entertainment; Governor, National Hockey League
Gary Bettman has served the National Hockey League as Commissioner since February 1, 1993 and has guided the world's top professional hockey league through more than two decades of growth and advancement on and off the ice. Record revenues, record attendance and numerous fan-friendly and community-minded initiatives are just a few examples of the ways Commissioner Bettman has brought the NHL to a broader audience, through more media platforms, than any time in League history. In recognition of his many contributions to the game, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018.
Francesco Aquilini was born and raised in Vancouver. He attended Templeton Secondary School, obtained a degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and later earned an MBA from UCLA. As managing director of Aquilini Investment Group, he oversees the family's extensive holdings in property development, agriculture, hospitality, renewable energy, and various other enterprises. The Aquilini family is perhaps best known as the owners of Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Canucks. Francesco serves as Chairman of Canucks Sports and Entertainment and the team's NHL Governor. His many philanthropic efforts include support for the Streetohome Foundation, East End Boys Club, and BC Children's Hospital. He has lately become known as an ardent proponent of ridesharing in Vancouver, the only major North American city that does not yet have Lyft and Uber.