Last updated on: 12/22/2015 10:11:35 AM PST
Bruce McNall, Board Member
Mr. McNall has had a long and storied career in professional sports, business, and motion picture entertainment.
In professional sports, he is the former owner of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team where he famously signed Wayne Gretzky to play for the Kings. He was elected Chairman of the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors – hockey’s second highest post. In 1989, he received the Sporting News Executive of the Year award, and in 1993 he won the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award for contributions to hockey in America. He co-owned, along with actor John Candy and hockey star Wayne Gretzky, the Toronto Argonauts team of the Canadian Football League. He also owned thoroughbred racehorses, one of which (Saumarez) won France's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
He did business as a coin and antiquity dealer for several years. As a film producer, he was responsible for the following motion pictures: War Games (1983), Mr. Mom (1983), and Weekend at Bernies (1989) among many others. He was awarded the Key to the City of Los Angeles, the Key to the City of Toronto, Man of the Year at City of Hope, and numerous other civil honors.
He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he received the Regent’s Award – the highest award given in the University of California system. He was also an instructor of ancient history at UCLA.
In 2003 he published a book about the highs and lows of his life titled Fun While It Lasted: My Rise and Fall in the Land of Fame and Fortune.
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