Seattle Hockey Partners has named Tod Leiweke CEO and president of the NHL team that the entity hopes to bring to Seattle after a major renovation of the city's KeyArena.
Leiweke stepped down last month after more than 2 1/2 years as chief operating officer of the NFL, his latest position in an long career in sports. Leiweke went to the NFL from the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, where he was CEO of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment from 2010 to 2015.
Leiweke is well known in the Seattle market. As CEO of Paul Allen's Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, he oversaw the NFL's Seahawks and helped launched Major League Soccer's Sounders, in addition to overseeing the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. He has also made NHL stops in Vancouver and Minnesota.
Tod Leiweke is the brother of Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, which is working to bring an NHL team to Seattle and is in charge of the KeyArena renovation. Oak View Group is also the owner of VenuesNow.