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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | 12:14 PM

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Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson represents one of the NHL's 30 governors. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson represents one of the NHL's 30 governors. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly conducted a meeting with its board of governors and alternate governors on Wednesday. So who sits on the league's board?

The NHL board of governors met with commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Wednesday for its annual December get-together.

The two-hour meeting primarily was used by Bettman to update the league's governors and alternate governors about what has transpired in the negotiations with the NHLPA during the 81-day lockout.

There was speculation that maybe a disgruntled owner or two would stand up and express his displeasure with the way talks have gone with the players. But people seem to forget that Bettman has plenty of support among the owners. Remember they unanimously supported the commissioner 30-0 to lock out the players three months ago.

Here is look at NHL's board of governors and each team's alternate governors:

Anaheim Ducks

Governor - Henry Samueli: The 58-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., native is co-founder, chairman of the board, and chief technology officer of Broadcom Corporation, a California-based fablessse micro conductor company in the wireless and broadband communication business.

Alternate governors - Susan Samueli, Michael Schulman (Ducks CEO), Tim Ryan (Ducks COO), Bob Murray (Ducks GM).

Boston Bruins

Governor - Jeremy Jacobs: The 72-year-old Jacobs is chairman and CEO of Delaware North Companies, a Buffalo-based food service business for arenas like the TD Garden founded by his father.

Alternate governors - Charles Jacobs (Bruins principal), Jeremy Jacobs Jr., Louis Jacobs, Harry Sinden (Senior advisor to the owner), Cam Neely (Bruins President), Peter Chiarelli (Bruins GM).

Buffalo Sabres

Governor - Terry Pegula: The 61-year-old Pegula founded East Resources, a natural gas drilling company.

Alternate governors - Ted Black (Sabres president), Daniel DiPofi (advisor), Ken Sawyer (senior advisor), Cliff Benson (senior advisor).

Calgary Flames

Governor - Murray Edwards: A 52-year-old lawyer, he has ownership stakes in oil patch companies like Canadian Natural Resources, Ensign Energy and Penn West as well as several resorts.

Alternate governors - Ken King (Flames president and CEO), Alvin Libin (co-owner).

Carolina Hurricanes

Governor - Peter Karmanos Jr.: The 69-year-old Detroit native is CEO of Compuware Corporations, a software company headquartered in downtown Detroit.

Alternate governors - Jim Rutherford (Hurricanes GM), Michael Amendola (Hurricanes CFO), Jason Karmanos (Hurricanes assistant GM).

Chicago Blackhawks

Governor - Rocky Wirtz: The 60-year-old Wirtz is president of Wirtz Corporation, which includes commercial and residential real estate companies, wine distributor Wirtz Beverage Group as well as an insurance company and banks.

Alternate governors - Bob Pulford, John Ziegler Jr., John McDonough (Hawks president and CEO).

Colorado Avalanche

Governor - Josh Kroenke: He's the son of Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns the Denver Nuggets, St. Louis Rams and Arsenal and Kroenke Group, a real estate and development company.

Alternate governors - Pierre Lacroix (Avalanche president), Mark Waggoner, Greg Sherman (Avalanche GM), Joe Sakic (Avalanche executive advisor).

Columbus Blue Jackets

Governor - John McConnell: He is chairman and chief executive officer of Worthington Industries, a metals manufacturing company.

Alternate governors - Mike Priest (Blue Jackets president), John Davidson (president of hockey operations), Scott Howson (Blue Jackets GM).

Dallas Stars

Governor - Tom Gaglardi: The 44-year-old is president of Gaglardi, is president of the family owned Northland Properties Corporation, a hotel and restaurant company that includes Sandman Hotels, Inns and Suites and Moxie restaurants.

Alternate governors - Jim Lites (Stars president and CEO), Joe Nieuwendyk (Stars GM).

Detroit Red Wings

Governor - Michael Ilitch: The 83-year-old Detroit native is founder and owner of Little Caesars Pizza. He also owns the Detroit Tigers.

Alternate governors - Jim Devellano (Red Wings senior vice-president), Ken Holland (Red Wings GM), Christopher Ilitch (Red Wings senior vice-president), Rob Carr (Red Wings general counsel), Tom Wilson (Olympia Entertainment president and CEO).

Edmonton Oilers

Governor - Darryl Katz: The 51-year-old Edmonton native is chairman and CEO of the Katz Group, which operates more than 1,800 Rexall pharmacies and owns and operates Canada's only mail-order drug store business.

Alternate governors - Patrick LaForge (Oilers president and COO), Kevin Lowe (Oilers president of hockey operations), Bob Black (executive vice-president of Katz Group).

Florida Panthers

Governor - Cliff Viner: The 64-year-old Boca Raton, Fla., resident is a co-founder and partner in AVM Properties of Boca Raton, and also is a co-founder of investment firm Offshare Advisors.

Alternate governors - Bill Torrey, Michael Yormark (Panthers president and COO).

Los Angeles Kings

Governor - Tim Leiweke: He's the president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns several professional sports teams and arenas worldwide.

Alternate governors - Philip Anschutz (Kings owner), Luc Robitaille (Kings president of business operations), Dean Lombardi (Kings GM).

Minnesota Wild

Governor - Craig Leipold: The 60-year-old is founder of Wisconsin-based telemarketing firm Ameritel.

Alternate governors - Philip Falcone (Wild minority owner), Jac Sperling (Wild board member), Chuck Fletcher (Wild GM).

Montreal Canadiens

Governor - Geoff Molson: The 41-year-old Habs owner, president and CEO is vice-president of marketing for Molson Coors Brewing Company 

Alternate governors - Kevin Gilmore (Canadiens COO), Fred Steer (Canadiens CFO), Michael Andlauer (Canadiens co-owner, Andrew Molson (Molson Coors vice-chairman), Marc Bergevin (Canadiens GM).

Nashville Predators

Governor - Joel Dobberpuhl: The 45-year-old was founder and CEO of Jetstream Capital, a $500-million US investment management company he started in Franklin, Tenn., in 2003. He returned money to investors and closed its doors earlier this year.

Alternate governors - Tom Cigarran (Predators co-owner and team chairman), Herbert Fritch (Predators investment group), David Poile (Predators GM), Jeff Cogen (Predators CEO), Sean Henry (Predators president and COO).

New Jersey Devils

Governor - Lou Lamoriello: The 70-year-old long-time Devils CEO, president and general manager has been with the NHL team since 1987, the longest serving current GM with the same team.

Alternate governors - Jeff Vanderbeek (Devils co-owner, chairman and managing partner), Michael Gilfillan (Devils co-owner and vice-chairman).

New York Islanders

Governor - Charles Wang: The 68-year-old native of Shanghai is the co-founder of CA Technologies, a computer software company.

Alternate governors - Roy Reichbach, Arthur McCarthy, Michael Picker (Islanders senior vice-president), Garth Snow (Islanders GM).

New York Rangers

Governor - James Dolan: The 56-year-old is president, CEO of Cablevision, which was founded by his father Charles. The younger Dolan also is executive director of the Madison Square Garden Company.

Alternate governor - Glen Sather (Rangers GM), Hank Ratner (MSG president and CEO), Scott O'Neil (MSG Sports president).

Ottawa Senators

Governor - Eugene Melnyk: The 53-year-old Toronto native is the founder, former chairman and CEO of Biovail Corporation. He also owns Melnyk Racing Stables Inc., and Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Alternate governor - Sheldon Plener (Cassels Brock lawyer), Cyril Leeder (Senators president), Erin Crowe (Senators CFO), Bryan Murray (Senators GM).

Philadelphia Flyers

Governor - Ed Snider: The 79-year-old son of a grocery store chain owner is chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, a sports and entertainment company that owns the Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center and Comcast Sportsnet regional networks.

Alternate governors - Phil Weinberg (Comcast-Spectacor general counsel), Peter Luukko (Comcast-Spectacor president and COO), Paul Holmgren (Flyers GM).

Phoenix Coyotes

Governor - Nobody listed. Team is owned by the league.

Alternate governors - Don Maloney (Coyotes GM), Mike Nealy (Coyotes president and COO).

Pittsburgh Penguins

Governor - David Morehouse: The 52-year-old is the Penguins president and CEO.

Alternate governors - Ron Burkle (Penguins co-owner), Anthony Liberati, Ray Shero (Penguins GM), Mario Lemieux (Penguins co-owner and chairman), Travis Williams (Penguins COO and general counsel).

St. Louis Blues

Governor - Tom Stillman: Since 1994, he has been the chairman and CEO of Summit Distributing, a St. Louis-based beer distributor.

No Alternate governors

San Jose Sharks

Governor - Kevin Compton: A 53-year-old lawyer and Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

Alternate governors - Doug Wilson (Sharks GM), John Tortora (Sharks general counsel).

Tampa Bay Lightning

Governor - Jeff Vinik: He is a 53-year-old New Jersey native and the founder and chairman of Vinik Asset Management. He's also a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox

Alternate governors - Steve Yzerman (Lightning GM), Tod Leiweke (Lightning CEO)

Toronto Maple Leafs

Governor - Larry Taenbaum: The 67-year-old Toronto native is chairman and CEO of Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited, a multi-faceted construction company.

Alternate governors - Dale Lastman (MLSE board member), Brian Burke (Maple Leafs GM).

Vancouver Canucks

Governor - Francesco Aquilini: The 52-year-old is managing director of Vancouver-based Aquilini Investment Group, the parent company that includes Aquilini Developments, Aquilini Properties and Golden Eagle Group. 

Alternate governors - Paolo Aquilini, Roberto Aquilini, Mike Gillis (Canucks GM), Victorde Boris (Canucks COO).

 Washington Capitals

Governor - Ted Leonsis: The 55-year-old native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was vice-chairman and president of AOL, and currently serves as AOL's vice chairman emeritus. He started Snag Films and is chairman and investor in Clearspring Technologies and Revolution Money. 

Alternate governors - Richard Patrick (Capitals vice-chairman, president and COO), George McPhee (Capitals GM).

Winnipeg Jets

Governor - Mark Chipman: A lawyer, Chipman is president of Megill-Stephenson Company, which involves real estate and a bunch of car dealerships started by his father, Robert.

Alternate governors - Kevin Cheveldayoff (Jets GM), Patrick Phillips (represents co-owner David Thomson).

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