Hugh Weber, the former president of the New Orleans Hornets, is back in pro sports after 14 months on the sidelines.
Weber will lead everyday business operations for the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils under new owners David Harris and Josh Blitzer.Weber posted on his Twitter account early Friday:
"Excited to join the amazing New Jersey Devils family. Working with incredible like minded people. #jerseyproud"
Weber worked with the Hornets from shortly after Hurricane Katrina until June 2012, when new owner Tom Benson named Dennis Lauscha president of both of the city's major professional franchises. He had remained with the franchise for 18 months following the sale of the team from original owner George Shinn to the NBA. He was an integral part of the grass-roots marketing campaign to grow the franchise's season ticket base above 10,000 – a key component to making the Hornets attractive to buyers such as Benson.
Harris and Blitzer completed their purchase of the Devils on Thursday. The NHL's board of governors had already approved the sale.
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