CARSON, Calif. -- Former NHL and NBA executive Shawn Hunter has been hired as president and chief executive officer of Chivas USA. The 44-year-old Hunter will assume responsibility of the day-to-day operation for the Mexico-based ownership of the Major League Soccer team. Chivas USA shares the Home Depot Center in Carson with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Chivas has a 12-6-4 record this season, fourth best in the league, but the team's attendance for home games is down from last year. For the past five years, Hunter served as chief marketing officer and president of AEG Sports. He was responsible for overseeing the company's sports events and 11 teams worldwide, as well as AEG's marketing partnership with Chivas USA. Hunter became the president of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes in 1996 after serving as executive vice president of the Colorado Avalanche. A native of Lawrence, Kan., Hunter was also a corporate account executive with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. "Since I first began working with Chivas USA on behalf of AEG three years ago, I have been captivated by the passion of this organization and the intense devotion of both its fans and players,'' Hunter said in a statement on Tuesday. "I know that Chivas USA has only begun to realize its tremendous potential and though I know it will be a process I look forward to helping take this club to the next level. I can't wait to get to work.''
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