Ivan Gottesfeld

NHL, Executive Vice President, Broadcasting

As executive vice president of broadcasting, Ivan Gottesfeld is responsible for providing strategic oversight of the National Hockey League’s national and regional broadcast partnerships to maximize content integration and opportunities for growth.

An Emmy Award winning producer with more than 35 years of experience in the broadcast industry, Gottesfeld joined the NHL in 2011. He has been instrumental in growing and enhancing the league’s regional and national broadcast partnerships and offerings including regular season games, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Stanley Cup Final broadcasts. This also includes the NHL’s tentpole events including the NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Stadium Series, NHL Heritage Classic, NHL Awards, NHL Draft, and World Cup of Hockey 2016.

During the 2019-20 season, the NHL paused play for 142 days due to the coronavirus pandemic, and became the first North American major professional sports league to successfully complete its season following the creation of two highly complex, secure “bubbles” in Toronto and Edmonton. They administered 33,394 COVID-19 tests to the 24 teams’ players and staff with zero positive test results. Gottesfeld played a key role in the NHL’s Return to Play plan, creating a broadcast model that complied with all necessary quarantine and health guidelines while guaranteeing high-quality telecasts for multiple NHL media partners including domestic national media partners, domestic RSN partners, and international media partners. There was more than 1,042 hours of Stanley Cup Playoffs broadcast coverage across North America. Games were also broadcast worldwide to more than 160 countries and territories, using a host world feed broadcast system (NBC in Toronto and Rogers in Edmonton).

Prior to the NHL, Gottesfeld served as the executive producer of remote productions for Tupelo Honey Productions, where he oversaw productions for five Major League Soccer teams, Mountain West Conference Basketball, the Arena Football League Game of the Week, the Manchester United U.S. tour, and the 2010 South American World Cup qualifiers.

While at Tupelo Honey, Gottesfeld also simultaneously served as the event presentation producer at the New Meadowlands Stadium for events including the New York Football Giants, NCAA College Football, International Soccer matches, NCAA Lacrosse, and concerts.

With a passion for sports broadcasting, Gottesfeld began his career in production with jobs at NBC, NBA Entertainment, ABC, CBS, TBS/TNT, Fox and the NHL. In 1996, he joined MSG Networks as their coordinating producer and was later named vice president of production, managing annual live remotes and studio productions for MSG, Fox Sports New York, MSG Radio, and Gardenvision (MSG's in-arena event presentation).

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