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Coyotes lose ex-president to Fiesta Bowl

May 5, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT


On Monday, the Phoenix Coyotes announced that front office member Mike Nealy — who previously served as president — would be leaving the organization to become the executive director of the Fiesta Bowl.

“On behalf of the entire Phoenix Coyotes organization, we would like to congratulate Mike Nealy on being named as the new executive director of the Fiesta Bowl,” owner Anthony LeBlanc said in a statement. “For the past eight seasons, Mike has done an outstanding job for the Coyotes and we wish him all the best with his new position.”

This marks the second significant front office departure the Coyotes have suffered in recent days. Prior to Nealy leaving, ex-assistant general manager Brad Treliving left to take the GM gig in Calgary.

On that note, interesting article to pass along — according to Fox Sports Arizona, former Buffalo GM Darcy Regier could be a candidate to replace Treliving in Phoenix.

  1. rushledger - May 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Don’t sign anyone that came from Buffalo’s front office.

  2. porkypig44 - May 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    FYI — Nealy has not been president of team since Aug 2013 when Ice Arizona bought the team…he has been an advisor since then…the guy quoted in the article (Anthony Leblanc) has been the actual president since last August.. That’s almost a year now. So this article should be edited big time.

    • Mike Halford - May 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Thanks for the note. I was going off Nealy’s team bio on the site ( and thinking he was still serving in that capacity in some role, though it appeared he moved into more of a strategic advisory role after Ice Arizona came in. Apology for any confusion with regards to his role, the post has been fixed to reflect as much.

  3. porkypig44 - May 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    No prob Mike, glad to help! Keep up the great work!

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