NY Islanders owner Jon Ledecky to deliver the commencement speech at alma mater

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New York Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky never shies away from a crowd, and he should have an enthusiastic and attentive audience when he delivers the commencement address at Greenwich High School on June 15th at Cardinal Stadium, according to The Greenwich Tim.

"It’s an honor to be asked to speak at this year’s commencement. I made so many friends and created a lifetime of memories at Greenwich High School. I cannot wait to celebrate this momentous occasion with the students and their families."

Jon Ledecky

When he wasn't in the classroom, Ledecky, a 1975 Greenwich High School alum, spent time behind the mic on WGCH Radio as a sports reporter and was the recipient of the Grantland Rice Scholarship for his work in journalism. From there, Ledecky went on to graduate from the Harvard Business School, though he maintained his passion for journalism as a writer for The Harvard Crimson and reporter on WHRB.

“Greenwich High School has a rich and proud tradition of educational excellence in the State of Connecticut,” said Ralph Mayo, the school's principal. “To welcome back Jon Ledecky, a GHS graduate with such an accomplished and successful business career, as the 2023 commencement speaker is a true honor for us.”

After starting a successful business supply company, Ledecky began pursuing sports ownership and investing in franchises in the late 1990s when he and business partner Ted Leonsis bought the Washington Capitals. Ledekcy also had an interest in the Washington Wizards at the time. Then in 2014, he and former Harvard friend and classmate Scott Malkin purchased a minority share of the Isles from Charles Wang with a transition plan in place to take majority ownership in 2016.

Earlier this week, the organization confirmed that former NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins had purchased an interest in the team and would lead business operations while Ledecky would continue his role as the team's primary spokesman and community leader.