David Lehanski
David Lehanski

David Lehanski is the Executive Vice President of Business Development & Innovation for the National Hockey League, responsible for advancing innovative initiatives for the NHL through the establishment of corporate partnerships, state-of-the-art technology solutions and new revenue.

Over the past several seasons, Lehanski has been focused on developing new solutions with industry-leading technology providers including Apple and SAP to improve and enhance the game for players, coaches and officials, as well as for fans and for the League’s broadcast and corporate partners. He has been integral in the development of the NHL’s innovative and highly-anticipated Puck and Player Tracking technology, which will be available in all 31 NHL arenas by the 2020-21 season.

Lehanski was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the NHL’s groundbreaking in-arena coaching system introduced in 2017 - in collaboration with Apple - delivering real-time video highlights to coaches on the benches of every NHL arena. In 2019, he helped to develop the next phase of the NHL’s in-arena coaching system with the launch of the SAP-NHL Coaching Insights App for iPad, providing access to real-time, customized data and player statistics during the game on home and away benches in all 31 arenas.

Since joining the League in 2005, Lehanski has played an important role in the League’s path to more than $5 billion in annual revenues, establishing landmark partnerships for the NHL with some of the biggest global brands including Apple, Dunkin Donuts, SAP, Honda, PepsiCo, Geico, Discover, Enterprise, Cisco, and MillerCoors, among many others. Most recently, Lehanski has been one of the drivers in the League’s progressive approach to sports betting, helping to secure strategic partnerships with MGM Resorts International, FanDuel and William Hill.

Before joining the NHL, Lehanski served as Vice President of Marketing Solutions at Clear Channel Advantage where he worked with Fortune 500 advertisers/marketers to develop, sell, and activate fully integrated media/marketing solutions that leveraged all of Clear Channel’s assets. Previously, Lehanski was the co-founder and Vice President of HallOfSports.com, an online company focused on the distribution of sports memorabilia and collectibles with a long-term goal of consolidating the industry. He also spent several years as a consultant on the agency side at SFX Sports and Clarion Sports & Entertainment.

Lehanski was named to SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2012, recognizing executives for excellence and innovation in their industry before the age of 40. He earned a B.A. with a major in economics from Bowdoin College and currently resides in Ridgewood, NJ with his wife Alison and two sons, Eddie and Leo.