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William "Bill" L. Daly III[1] (born May 1, 1964)[2] is an American attorney and the current deputy commissioner and chief legal officer of the National Hockey League (NHL) under commissioner, Gary Bettman. He is also a Hockey Hall of Fame board member and former NHL vice president and chief legal officer.[3] Before joining the NHL front office he worked for the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from New York University School of Law.[4]

Bill Daly
William L. Daly III

(1964-05-01) May 1, 1964 (age 55)
ResidenceBethesda, Maryland
OccupationNHL deputy commissioner, attorney
Years active2005–present
EmployerNational Hockey League
Awards2014 Lester Patrick

Education and familyEdit

Daly grew up in Kinnelon, N.J. with his parents and older sister, Denise. He majored in government, with an additional concentration in history, at Dartmouth College, where he also played varsity football. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1986 and went on to obtain his law degree from NYU School of Law. [5]

Bill lives in Bethesda, Maryland,[4] with his wife and has two children.[5]


In 2005, Daly was named the first NHL deputy commissioner. In 2014, he received the Lester Patrick Award along with Paul Holmgren.[6] As deputy commissioner, Daly currently holds the duty of presenting the Prince of Wales Trophy and the Clarence Campbell Bowl to the conference playoff champions at the end of each conference finals series. As deputy commissioner, he also presents the Presidents' Trophy to the team with the NHL's best regular season record, as well as hosting the NHL draft lottery.


  1. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (November 12, 2010). "20 Questions: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly". National Post. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Adams, Alan (2011). "100 People of Power and Influence". The Hockey News. 64: 18.
  3. ^ "Who's Who". CBC Sports. May 5, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "CBA: Bill Daly profile". Andrew's Dallas Stars and NHL Blog. November 2, 2004. Archived from the original on April 11, 2005.
  5. ^ a b Botta, Christopher (September 23, 2013). "Direct Bill". Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Daly, Holmgren to receive 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy".
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