Seattle’s Most Influential People 2019: Seattle NHL Team President and CEO, Tod Leiweke

Leiweke is gearing up for the Seattle NHL team

By Rob Smith

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November 5, 2019

This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the November 2019 issue, as part of the Most Influential People of the Year feature. Click here to subscribe.

This former Seattle Seahawks CEO—who engineered the hiring of coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider—returned last year, after five years with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and three as chief operating officer of the NFL, to shepherd Seattle’s new NHL franchise. Though the expansion team won’t begin play until 2021, Tod Leiweke, who is president and CEO of the club, is already busy putting things in motion: He’s taking an active role in the redevelopment of the new arena at Seattle Center, creating a hockey complex at Northgate Mall and signing several crucial sponsorships. “We’re going to take every day that we’ve now been given and make the absolute most out of it,” he says. 

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