Wendy McCreary, Senior Director, NHL Alumni and Breakaway (Career Transition) Program
Wendy has been with the NHL Alumni Association since the inception of the organization, becoming part of the team in June of 2000 and has dealt with the players and their families on all professional levels. Wendy has handled event management, player appearances, corporate licensing, media relations, marketing/sponsorship and the career transition throughout her tenure.
She has followed her father’s passion of ensuring that players are looked after from the time they sign their contract to play until retirement when they need assistance most in transitioning out of the game. Wendy’s level of trust, confidentiality and respect amongst the players and the hockey industry are attributions that she has worked hard to achieve and maintain.
Her general love of the game and understanding of the adversities that the players undergo throughout their career is an asset in assisting players and their families determine their post- career. Her mediating and negotiating skills have aided in numerous aspects of her position and involvement to generate programs in the best interest of the players.
Wendy has worked in conjunction with Pat Flatley and Dr. Brian Shaw and his team for eleven years determining the appropriate direction that suits the player and his family’s needs to find a rewarding experience and outcome.
Debbie Sittler, Manager, Player Appearances and Special Events
Debbie has been a part of “Hockey’s Greatest Family” her entire life with her brother Darryl having a successful career in the National Hockey League. She, like her brother has a passion for the game. Debbie is the Manager of Player Appearances and Special Events and has been with the NHL Alumni Association since 2006. She handles all player appearances to ensure that the players and the corporations have a tremendous experience resulting in a lifetime memory. Debbie also handled licensing in her early tenure with the organization which enabled her to build a rapport with the players and leverage a trust and respect with them. She has continued to build this foundation with the players, coordinating player participation at corporate events ensuring that the corporation and charities have a successful event. Debbie’s strength and compassion for knowing the right fit for these is invaluable to our organization.
Carly Amsolik, Special Accounts Manager
Carly has worked with the NHL Alumni since March 2009 and is a special accounts manager. She received a BA in Sports Management from Bemidji State University where she attended on a 4 year hockey scholarship. She runs the annual NHL Game Used stick auction and manages the Toronto Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s™ in support of Baycrest, the Calgary Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S Pro-Am and the Edmonton Alzheimer’s Face-off Pro-Am.
Danielle Picariello, Alumni Relations Coordinator
Danielle has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management with a major in Marketing and a minor in Retail Management. She was hired to assist with the preparation and execution of NHL Alumni BreakAway (Career Transition) Program and NHL Alumni events.
Tom Anselmi, Director, Breakaway Program
Previously President of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and for 17 years Chief Operating Oficer on the Leadership team that built MLSE into a global leader in the industry. During that time the team launched 5 world class facilities including Air Canada Center, BMO field, Maple Leaf Square; 3 specialty TV Networks, numerous award winning brands and industry best practices.
Prior to MLSE, involved in the building and operating of Skydome (now Rogers Center) and GM Place (now Rogers Arena) and the leadership teams of their parent organizations. Prior to that, involved in a variety of capital projects in the Mining and related sectors across North America.
Member of the Board of Canada’s Walk of Fame, NHL Alumni/Breakaway program, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Noront Resources, Ryerson University Visiting Professor, University of Saskatchewan Athletics Board of Trustees. Past community leadership appointments include Vice Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade, Basketball Canada, Covenant House, Kidsport Canada, MLSE Foundation.
Jason Zent, US Representative
Jason serves as a US Representative for the NHL Alumni to pursue opportunities for expansion and outreach into the US.
Jason was the third selection, 44th overall, of the NY Islanders in the 1989 Entry Draft. He spent four years (1990-1994) at the University of Wisconsin studying Business Management and as a member of the Wisconsin Badgers hockey team. After spending parts of 3 seasons with the Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers, Jason returned to graduate from the University of Wisconsin.