Rob Kopacz was named Vice President of Business Operations for the Rochester Americans Hockey Club on June 29, 2011 upon owner Terry Pegula’s purchase of the team. In this role, Kopacz oversees all business-related activities of the club.
Prior to joining the Amerks organization, Kopacz worked for the Buffalo Sabres from 2000 to 2011. During his tenure with the Sabres, Kopacz oversaw the marketing efforts for the Sabres, Buffalo Bandits (National Lacrosse League) and other athletic events held at First Niagara Center. He joined the club in 2000 as Director of Advertising and Promotions before being elevated to Director of Marketing and was eventually named Vice President of Marketing. Kopacz spearheaded the marketing efforts for several historic events and seasons, including the NHL’s inaugural Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in 2008 between the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, and the Sabres’ Presidents Trophy-winning season of 2006-07.
Kopacz began his career in sports with the Rochester Rhinos soccer club in 1998, leading the organization’s marketing department for three successful seasons. During each of his three years with the Rhinos, Rochester led the A-League in attendance while playing at Frontier Field. In that time, the Rhinos won two A-League Championships (1998, 2000) and the 1999 U.S. Open Cup Championship.
This past season, Kopacz oversaw the team’s efforts to co-host the first-ever professional outdoor hockey game in Rochester as the Amerks, in conjunction with the Rochester Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres, presented an outdoor festival known as the “Frozen Frontier”. The 10-day event at Frontier Field featured nearly 90 events, including Men’s and Women’s Division I Hockey, Men’s Division III Hockey, a Rochester Americans vs. Buffalo Sabres Alumni game, a Buffalo Junior Sabres game, 10 high school hockey games, a 3-on-3 tournament, countless men’s and youth hockey games, practices and open skates.
A graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Kopacz resides in Rochester with his wife, Barb, and their three sons, Aidan (13), Owen (11) and Evan (9), each of whom are active in local youth hockey, soccer and lacrosse programs.
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