Our Team

 

Mark Napier,  Executive Director

Mark is currently the Executive Director of the NHL Alumni Association overseeing 28 local Alumni Chapters and over 2,500 members.

Hockey Career:

Mark played 11 seasons in the NHL from 1978-1989. He played for the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres.

After winning a Memorial Cup Championship with the Toronto Marlies in 1975, Mark jumped to the WHA playing for the Toronto Toros and winning the WHA rookie of the Year in 1976. The team then moved to Birmingham, Alabama where Mark scored 60 goals in a season. 

He was selected in the first round of the 1977 NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens and went on to enjoy 11 NHL seasons having scored 40 goals in two of those seasons. He was a member of two Stanley Cup winning teams- with the Montreal Canadiens in 1979 and with the Edmonton Oilers in 1985. Mark finished his playing career in Europe having played 18 years of professional hockey.

After retiring he was co-owner in a cresting and embroidery business for three years. Mark then became coach, then coach and General manager of the expansion St Michael’s majors hockey club in the Ontario Hockey League for three years. After leaving St Mikes he got his securities license and went to work for Harris Private Bank for three years until he assumed his current position with the NHL Alumni

Wendy McCreary,  Director,  NHL Alumni and Breakaway Program

Wendy has been with the NHL Alumni Association since the inception of the organization almost 11 years ago 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. She is excited to hold the position of BreakAway Manager and looks forward to working with Ted Rogers School of Management / Ryerson University to coordinate a program that the players will 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.

Dylan Wade,  Manager, Marketing and Communications

Manager of Marketing/Communications. Dylan has BA in Kinesiology and a post graduate degree in Sports Business Management. He was hired to coordinate and over see our Hockey Tour as specified in our agreement with the then sponsor of the tour.

Carly Napier,  Manager, Office and Website

Carly has worked with the NHL Alumni since March 2009 and is the office and website manager. She received a BA in Sports Management from Bemidji State University where she attended on a 4 year hockey scholarship.

Pat Flatley,  Director, Breakaway Program

With his heartfelt and continued interest in ensuring players understand their options in retirement, Pat has taken on the role of Director of the BreakAway Program and is thrilled to be following his passion for hockey, education, and general life skill-sets in this new capacity. Pat has been a part of the BreakAway (formerly known as Life After Hockey) Committee for the past 10 years and looks forward to working with Ted Rogers School of Management and Ryerson University.

Pat was very instrumental in the continuity of the career transition and the formulation of the NHL Alumni Association to assist former players in need. He has served as a Board of Director of the NHL Alumni Association since the inception in November of 1999 and has continued to help his fellow players through many aspects of the game and life skills on and off the ice.

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.