The Hockey News released its annual People of Power and Influence top 100 list and two Capitals fared very well.
Owner Ted Leonsis and Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin both made the top 10, ranking seventh and eighth (!) respectively.
The official 2021 Top 10 People of Power & Influence in the game of hockey!
Congrats to the reining champ @NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on finishing #1!
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 4, 2021
Ovechkin, a 2018 Stanley Cup champion, scored 48 goals last season (tied with David Pastrnak) to win his record ninth Rocket Richard Trophy. Ovi is also one of the most influential players in the NHL from his personal style to his endorsements. Ovechkin was EA Sports’ cover athlete for NHL 21 and has his own online store which sells his own branded Nike gear.
Meanwhile, Leonsis, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. According to Forbes, Leonsis’s net worth is around $1.4 billion. Meanwhile, the Capitals are the ninth most valuable team in the NHL, worth an estimated $750 million. Leonsis, a visionary and technology/business expert, shares his opinions frequently on social media and his personal blog Ted’s Take.
His son Zach congratulated him on the honor.
— Zach Leonsis (@ZacharyLeonsis) February 5, 2021
Leonsis and Ovechkin ranked higher than other major hockey figures like Sidney Crosby (#11), Mario Lemieux (#31), Barry Trotz (#45), and Wayne Gretzky (#83).
The whole list follows below:
“During this pandemic, something unexpected but long overdue occurred: The world woke up to the existence of systemic racism & how deeply rooted it is within our society" – Matt Dumba
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 3, 2021
#THN's Top 30!
#30: Foley – @GoldenKnights
#29: King – @NHL
#28: Francis – @SeattleKraken
#27: Samueli – @AnaheimDucks
#26: Vinik – @TBLightning
#25: Chipman – @NHLJets
#24: Campbell – @NHL
#23: Leiweke – @SeattleKraken
#22: Schneider – @NHLPA
#21: Branch – @OHLHockey pic.twitter.com/VP2cn6ZOMG
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 2, 2021
Today's countdown features a leading voice in the fight against racism
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 1, 2021
We've officially reached the Top 50!
Congratulations to (a clean-shaven) @FriedgeHNIC, whose beard unfortunately could not fit on a standard magazine page!
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 29, 2021
“I’m not ashamed to say I’m mentally ill, but that doesn’t mean I’m mentally weak” – @RobinLehner
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 28, 2021
Today's list would make Jerry McGuire proud!
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 27, 2021
It's time for Round 3 of #TheHockeyNews '2021 Top 100 People of Power & Influence' countdown! (70-to-81)
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 26, 2021
#TheHockeyNews '2021 Top 100 People of Power & Influence' countdown continues with (81-to-90)!
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 25, 2021
2021 Top 100 People of Power & Influence countdown: (91-to-100)
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 22, 2021
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