The National Lacrosse League today announced that Matt Hutchings, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, is the recipient of the 2018 NLL Executive of the Year Award. Hutchings received the award for his role as Governor of the Colorado Mammoth.
Prior to the Mammoth’s 2018 season, Hutchings led the Mammoth’s first front office transition since 2003, appointing Dan Carey as General Manager. Under Carey, only the second general manager in team history, the Mammoth bested their 2017 record by two games, finishing the regular season with an 11-7 record and making their 15th playoff appearance in their 16 seasons.
Hutchings said, “Dan stepped in and filled some tremendous shoes left by Steve Govett and Josh Gross when they went to San Diego; and Dan has done an outstanding job of leading the team and making the transition very smooth and successful.”
Just as he led the Mammoth through a season of change, as a board member on the NLL’s Board of Governors, Hutchings played an integral part in the NLL’s transition from nine to 11 teams in 2018, the league announcing in pre-season the addition of the San Diego Seals and the Philadelphia Wings. Hutchings’ success with the NBA/NHL model on which the league is focused has been attractive to potential expansion candidates, some of whom he hosted at Pepsi Center in March 2018.
In addition, Hutchings’ extensive television background, including his role as President and CEO of KSE Media Ventures, was instrumental in the league’s 2018 broadcasting initiatives including navigating a new partnership with Bleacher Report Live.
“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of ownership, the executive management team, and our outstanding Mammoth staff, all of whom have provided the support that made this achievement possible.”
Hutchings continued, “We are grateful for the confidence the league has placed in us and are excited for the future of the National Lacrosse League.”