President & Governor
Building on his strong track record of success, Josh Kroenke ushered in a new era of Colorado Avalanche hockey when he was named Team President on May 10, 2013. In his first season in the new role, the Avalanche tied a franchise record with 52 wins and won the Central Division championship.
The Avalanche’s .616 winning percentage over the past two years under Kroenke’s leadership ranks fourth in the Western Conference behind Anaheim (.686%), St. Louis (.671%) and Chicago (.637%).
Prior to being named President, Kroenke spent four seasons as Governor of the Avalanche, working closely with the organization and representing the Avalanche at NHL ownership meetings.
Kroenke, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, was instrumental in bringing the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game to Denver. The event, which features the Avalanche and Red Wings playing at Coors Field on Feb. 27, 2016, will be the first-ever NHL outdoor game in the State of Colorado.
The Stadium Series Game is the headline event of the Avalanche’s 20th Anniversary Season in Denver, a year-long celebration that will also include the Avalanche-Red Wings Alumni Game at Coors Field.
Kroenke’s first duty as team president was to name Joe Sakic as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, giving Sakic the responsibility of overseeing all hockey-related decisions. Just a few weeks later, Kroenke and Sakic introduced Patrick Roy as the team’s Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations on May 28, 2013.
Under Kroenke, Sakic and Roy’s leadership, the Avalanche advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2009-10 and secured their first division title since 2002-03. The Avalanche took home three individual trophies at the 2014 NHL Awards—including Roy’s coach of the year honors—matching Boston for the most of any team.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Avalanche, Kroenke, 35, serves as the President and Governor of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. Over the past five years as team president, Josh has been involved in every aspect of the Nuggets’ day-to-day operations. This season will mark his ninth overall with the team’s front office.
In 2014, Kroenke was named to the SportsBusiness Daily’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list. The annual list honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40.
Athletic competition has always been a passion for Kroenke, who attended the University of Missouri on a basketball scholarship. He was a contributor during Missouri’s trip to the Elite Eight as a sophomore in 2002, and he earned Academic All-Big XII First Team honors while serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. After graduating with a degree in financial management, Kroenke completed a six-month internship with the NBA’s League Office, working in their Player Development Department. Upon finishing his internship, Kroenke worked as an analyst and underwriter for Lehman Brothers in their Global Real Estate Group, where he assisted with the debt underwriting and securitization of numerous commercial real estate transactions.
Aside from his duties with the Avalanche and Nuggets, Kroenke serves as an Alternate Governor for the Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer) and on the Board of Directors for Arsenal Football Club (English Premier League) in London. In his spare time, Kroenke enjoys skiing and playing golf and is an active supporter of Kroenke Sports Charities, which provides programs and support to assist, encourage, and enrich the lives of those in need. He is also involved in several other charitable endeavors, including the Todd Peglow Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri. In addition, he is a major supporter of the Playing For Change Foundation, which was co-founded by his sister, Whitney, and benefits children worldwide by building schools that specialize in teaching music and arts. He currently serves on the Board of Strategic Development for the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.