TAMPA BAY, Fla. (July 28, 2015) – Steve Griggs, former Chief Operating Officer of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer for the organization on July 24th.
The promotion came for Griggs following the resignation of former CEO Tod Leiweke who vacated the position to become COO of the National Football League.
The road to success for Griggs started before his career in sport management, back when Griggs played for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey (1988 -1992). Griggs and the Golden Hawks earned two OUAA Championships (1988-89 and 1989-90) and he played alongside current Laurier head coach GREG PUHALSKI.
Griggs has gone on to spend 22 years in the sports industry, holding leadership roles with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the Minnesota Wild and the Orlando Magic. He was recruited to the expansion Wild in 1999 by former Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke, and headed up a sales and service effort that set records for an expansion team. In 2007, Griggs left Minnesota to become Executive Vice President for the Orlando Magic, and was one of the key executives helping design, develop and launch the Amway Center in 2010.
Shortly thereafter, Griggs left the Magic after being recruited again by Leiweke to return to his native sport of hockey, and to become Chief Operating Officer of the Lightning. Under Griggs’ leadership the Lightning’s business operations unit is achieving new highs, projecting a season ticket base of more than 13,000 for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
-with files from the Tampa Bay Lightning