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John Collins resigns as NHL's Chief Operating Officer

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The National Hockey League has announced that Chief Operating Officer John Collins has resigned.

Collins, who joined the NHL in 2006, has served as the league's COO since August 2008. He is departing to pursue "a new business opportunity."

"John leaves a lasting mark," Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a release. "His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our league. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors."

The 54-year-old was at the front of several notable deals, including the development of the NHL Winter Classic, the league's current TV deals in both Canada and the United States, and most recently, a partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

"I'm grateful to Commissioner Bettman for his leadership and friendship over the past nine years," Collins said. "He had a vision for extending the reach of the NHL and supported us completely as we set out to make the game as big as it deserves to be. The NHL's future is filled with promise and potential and I will admire and cheer the league's successes to come on the global stage.”

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