January 5, 1948 |
Saint-Hubert-de-Rivière-du-Loup, QC, CAN
|Known for||President and Chief Executive Officer of the Quebec Nordiques|
Marcel Aubut, OC OQ (born January 5, 1948) is a Canadian lawyer, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee and former president and Chief Executive Officer of the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Born in Saint-Hubert-de-Rivière-du-Loup in Rivière-du-Loup Regional County Municipality, Quebec, the son of Roland Aubut and Omérine Proulx, Aubut received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Académie de Québec in 1968, a Bachelor of Law degree from Université Laval in 1970, and a Master of Law degree in 1975 from Université Laval. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1972 and was created a Queen's Counsel in 1987. In 1970, he married Francine Vallée. They had three children: Mélanie, Julie and Catherine.
In 1986, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Officer in 1993. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. In 1999, he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Quebec Nordiques and Hockey
Aubut was President of the Nordiques when the team was sold to an American communications company and moved to Denver in 1995, becoming the Colorado Avalanche. Maclean's Magazine reported that Aubut personally made $15 million from the sale and that t-shirts reading "Marcel Aubut: Wanted Dead or Alive" were not an uncommon sight in Quebec City at the time.
Recently, he proposed Quebec City as home of a new NHL team. Aubut argued that with the new NHL collective bargaining agreement and the coming 400th anniversary of Quebec City in 2008, the city could build a new arena and/or a stadium.
On October 9, 2009 Aubut met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The meeting reportedly dealt with plans for a brand new Quebec arena. The unofficial details were that the city of Quebec was a leading candidate for a new franchise or one for relocation. An agreement for a new arena was reached in March 2012, with construction set to begin in September of that year and be completed in time for the 2015-16 NHL season.
- Elizabeth Lumley (2004). Canadian Who's Who 2004. University of Toronto Press. p. 42. ISBN 0-8020-8892-9.
- "Order of Canada citation".
- "National Order of Quebec citation" (in French).