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LAS VEGAS (Aug. 18, 2016) – Bill Foley, majority owner of the newly awarded NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, LLC, announced today that Murray Craven has been hired as a senior vice president for the team.
In this role, Craven’s responsibilities include the development of the team’s practice facility in Summerlin, a Las Vegas community, and the build-out of team and league facilities at the T-Mobile Arena. Craven will also be involved in identifying the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate and will be responsible for establishing and fostering a relationship with the AHL team. Additionally, Craven will oversee projects at the request of George McPhee, general manager for the Las Vegas franchise.
Craven played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League between 1982–83 and 1999–2000, and has played for the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks.
Craven has served as an advisor to Black Knight Sports & Entertainment’s for the past two years and coaches youth hockey in Whitefish, Mont.
Yahoo Sport's Josh Cooper profiled Murray Craven, whose role with the Las Vegas NHL franchise is...Well, complicated:
Murray Craven doesn’t have an official title with the Las Vegas NHL team but that’s because he doesn’t have one specific role in one specific area.
He’s helping the team design their locker room. He’s working on the Summerlin-area construction of the practice facility, which also includes the team’s office space. He guided billionaire owner Bill Foley to hire George McPhee as the team’s general manager.
“At this point I just do the work,” said Craven who played 1,071 games in his NHL career between the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. “I know what’s out there. I know what needs to be done and that’s what I do.”
The 52-year-old Craven is a living, walking embodiment that timing can help in the successes of life. If he hadn’t met Foley while playing golf in Whitefish, Montana in the early part of last decade, he may not have had this opportunity – to help mold and create the first major pro sports team in Las Vegas.
But his ability to successfully do his job is more than just luck. Through those trips to the golf course and personal time with Foley the two have built up a level of trust and understanding where Craven has quickly become one of the few people who can help build this team in Foley’s image.
from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Murray Craven turned 52 last Thursday. But he was too busy to celebrate.
Figuratively speaking, he has so much on his plate, there’s no room for birthday cake.
The former NHL player and Medicine Hat, Alberta, native who has been serving as Bill Foley’s adviser throughout the billionaire businessman’s quest to bring major league sports to Las Vegas is multitasking more than ever now that Foley has his team. Craven is overseeing the final phases of construction of the team’s locker room at T-Mobile Arena. He’s trying to get all the engineering and building permits in place so construction can start on the team’s 105,000 square-foot practice facility adjacent to Downtown Summerlin.
He’s helping general manager George McPhee with hockey matters as McPhee is assembling his scouting and operations staff. And he’s involved with the next big announcement — the team’s name and brand.
“Every day is hectic,” Craven said. “But that’s what happens when you’re building a new organization. There’s so much that has to be done.”