Vision’ was the buzz word today at the Katz Group’s press conference, which announced the launch of the Oilers Entertainment Group and the hiring of former Hockey Canada President and CEO Bob Nicholson as Vice-Chairman.

“I’m excited,” Nicholson said.”I left a great position with Hockey Canada, but I honestly think that when I roll into this position that there’s a vision here from Daryl (Katz) that could be special. It might be the only job that has a vision like this for sport and entertainment in this country and maybe in North America.”

Oilers Entertainment Group is the new sports and entertainment company that will manage the Katz Group’s growing family of sports and entertainment assets. That family already consists of the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, Bakersfield Condors, Oklahoma City Barons and Aquilla Productions. In addition, the organization will operate the new, state-of-the-art Rogers Place arena and plan to seek out more acquisitions over time.

The four positions that were confirmed on Friday at the news conference were Nicholson, as well as Kevin Lowe in another Vice-Chairman role, Oilers owner Daryl Katz as Chairman and Patrick LaForge as President and Chief Operating Officer.

“The reality is that after knowing Bob for 14 years and having a great relationship with him on the hockey side, I think that his addition to this organization is going to go a long way to strengthening the hockey product and I really look forward to that,” Lowe said.

The highly sought after Nicholson is the savvy executive that the Katz Group has chosen to help execute the vision for the future of Oilers Entertainment Group and growing the business.