By Sam Gagner-SmithThe National Hockey League announced Tuesday that it had reached a three-year deal with a top plastic surgeon, who will join the league’s board of directors in the coming weeks.
The deal is worth $2.7 million per year.
Dr. Jonathan Smith, who has specialized in cosmetic surgery for over 30 years, will become a board member for the league, which is one of the few professional leagues in North America to offer its players the opportunity to undergo the surgery at a professional facility.
The surgery was first performed by Dr. Brian McBride in the late 1980s, and is considered one of a few of the most successful procedures in sports medicine.
McBride is currently an associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Smith’s contract is the first major surgery the league has signed since the NHL announced its first major league deal with an all-female team in 2015.
Smith is a former head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, who is now the head of the team’s team health and performance program.
He will serve as an executive vice president and president of hockey operations, an executive director of NHL Player Safety and an assistant vice president of medical director.
He also will serve on the board of governors, a position previously held by former NHL player Mark Recchi.
The NHL’s governing body also announced Tuesday the appointment of a new president of player safety, which includes the role of chief medical officer.
Former NHL player Andrew MacDonald will take over the position of chief operating officer.
MacDonald previously served as chief medical advisor to the NHL Players’ Association.
The team’s medical staff will also continue to oversee the health and safety of its players.