Chief Executive Officer
Brian Petrovek was named CEO of the Stockton Heat on March 1, 2017, continuing his career within the Calgary Flames organization most recently serving as the President of the Adirondack Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the Stockton Heat, from 2015 to 2017. Petrovek originally joined the Calgary Flames organization as President of the AHL’s Adirondack Flames in 2014 following 14 years as Managing Owner/CEO of the AHL’s Portland Pirates. The Heat are the fourth American Hockey League team, joining Adirondack (2014-15), Portland (2000-2014) and the Utica Devils (1987-1990), that Petrovek has held the chief operating position for the franchise.
Petrovek made an immediate impact in the Stockton Community when he joined the Stockton Chamber of Commerce as one of the new board members in June 2017, and he served on the board of directors of the United Way of San Joaquin County from 2018 through 2019 .
Prior to coming out to the West Coast, Petrovek served as the Managing Owner/CEO of the Portland Pirates, where he represented the franchise as an alternate governor at the League level, and participated regularly as a member of various league committees. He took the lead role in developing the Pirates’ winning bids for the 2003 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic and the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic joining Rochester, Hershey and Providence as the only cities to host more than one AHL All-Star event in the league’s history.
While in Portland, Petrovek served as Board Chair of the United Way of Greater Portland (2007-2009), as a member of the United Way’s Annual Campaign Cabinet (2001-2010), and Chaired the 2004 United Way Annual Campaign. Petrovek was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Sports Foundation and helped form the Maine Sports Commission in 2011.
Petrovek was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Maine Business Hall of Fame in 2008, an honor given to the state’s most distinguished businessmen and women for their outstanding contributions to free enterprise and the promise of a better, stronger society. He also received the 2008 Henri A. Benoit Award for Leadership in the Private Sector from the Portland Regional Chamber, not only for his successful stewardship of the Pirates organization, but also for his extraordinary contribution to the greater Portland community, and was awarded the Bert Andrews Award in 2010 by the United Way of Greater Portland, the organization’s highest award.
Petrovek served on the City Manager’s Business Advisory Council, was a MaineHealth and Gorham Savings Bank Corporator. In 2012, Petrovek served on the City of Portland’s Task Force on the Homeless and the Portland School Committee’s Transition Committee for the new Superintendent of Schools.
Petrovek served as President of 211 Maine, Inc. from 2003 through 2007 and also served on the Boards of Maine Medical Center, the Portland Regional and Community Chambers, Portland’s Downtown District and served as the President of the Cumberland Club until leaving for California in February 2017. He served as the President of Portland’s Downtown District from 2009 to 2011. Petrovek chaired the Boy Scout Pine Tree Council’s Annual Campaign in 2007, and served as Honorary Chair of the Children’s Museum of Maine’s 2008 Annual Campaign. In 2006, Petrovek and his wife, Sara, co-chaired the American Heart Association’s Southern Maine Heart Walk helping to raise over $250,000. Petrovek was also an Adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, teaching in the university’s Sports Management degree program.
Petrovek joined USA Hockey’s national staff in June, 1993 as Assistant Executive Director before being promoted to the positions of Deputy Executive Director of USA Hockey, Inc., and Executive Director of The USA Hockey Foundation in 1998.
In 1999, Petrovek spearheaded the creation of Serving The American Rinks (STAR), a 501(c)(6) national facilities association established in conjunction with the United States Figure Skating Association. STAR designs and implements programs to foster the development, growth and success of ice skating rinks and inline facilities throughout the country.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities at USA Hockey, Petrovek served as Team Leader for the United States team that captured the championship of the World Cup of Hockey in 1996; the World Cup team was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016. He was also Team Leader for the 1997 U.S. National Team and the 1998 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, participating in the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
Prior to joining USA Hockey, Petrovek served as Vice President of Marketing for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils from 1989-93. From 1987-89, Petrovek was Executive Director of the American Hockey League’s Utica Devils, New Jersey’s top minor league affiliate at the time. He began his professional career as Assistant Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference in 1978, a post he held through 1982.
Petrovek received both his bachelor’s (1977) and master’s degrees (1980) from Harvard University, where he earned All-America honors as a goaltender in 1975 and was twice named to the All-Ivy League First Team (1974-75, 1976-77). In 1977, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Beanpot, one of college hockey’s most prestigious tournaments. In October, 1998, he was inducted into the Harvard University Athletic Hall of Fame. Petrovek, who played youth hockey in the greater Boston area, was one of four goaltenders invited to the final U.S. Olympic Team Trials Camp in 1976. He was drafted by both the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League and the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association in 1975.