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Penguins give Acklin new role; Burke retains position

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Kevin Acklin, who has been their COO and general counsel for the past two years, to the newly created role of president of business operations.

In a related move, the team announced that Brian Burke, who was hired with GM Ron Hextall in 2021, will remain in the position of president of hockey operations.

He and Acklin will report directly to Fenway Sports Group, the franchise’s majority owner.

In his new job, Acklin, 46, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the business and the development of the former Civic Arena site and Lower Hill District.

Acklin is a native of South Oakland and graduate of Central Catholic High School who described himself as “deeply humbled and honored” by the promotion and said he “will forever be indebted” to former team CEO and president David Morehouse for “teaching me how to best lead this organization.”

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Chris R
Chris R
16 days ago

will oversee the day-to-day operations of…the development of the former Civic Arena site and Lower Hill District.” Sounds like gentrification, i.e., luxury condos, manicured landscaping, and specialty eateries. Does that mean ticket prices will skyrocket?

Paul
Paul
16 days ago

This comes as no surprise to those who read my report here that Burke would be around a while. No way would he give up a cushy media job for a temporary position. Pens fans can only hope that HexBurke is more active and creative in the future than they’ve been over the last 17 months. They have a lot to prove here.

Bob
Bob
16 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Since he likes to bring in former Flyers players maybe he can talk Lindros out of retirement? 🤭😂

Paul
Paul
15 days ago
Reply to  Bob

I’m trying to figure out which of HexBurke is the good cop and which is the bad cop . . .

Dan Kingerski
Admin
15 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Your report? OOooookkk

Frank
Frank
16 days ago

As they say . . . “He’s got the job” . . . so like it or not he is still here. But a case could be made that the Zamboni driver does more for the Penguins than Burke. Maybe Torts and Burke could team up in Philly. They seem the perfect fit on every level.

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