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HONORARY CHPs

Peter Luukko, CHP
Co-Chairman
Oak View Group
Alternate Governor

In 2017, Peter Luukko, Alternate Governor of the Florida Panthers and Co-Chairman of the Oak View Group, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the awarding of the honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Peter was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Comcast-Spectacor, L.P. where he oversaw all operations of the Philadelphia Flyers. During his 25-year tenure with Comcast-Spectacor, Peter led the company’s facility-management business, growing it from seven facilities to over 125, helped the City of Philadelphia solidify itself as an American sports mecca by attract numerous preeminent sports and entertainment events, and was instrumental in the Flyers hosting a NHL Winter Classic and the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Peter’s accomplishments in sports and facility management have led to distinct recognition from the University of Massachusetts, the City of Philadelphia and the sports and entertainment industry at large. Further information on Peter’s accomplishments, accolades, and honors throughout his career can be found here.

In 2016, John McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the awarding of the first ever honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation.

Under John’s leadership, the Blackhawks have been one of the most successful in the NHL both on and off the ice. Forbes Magazine has called John’s leadership in revitalizing the team and resurrecting its fan base, “the greatest sports-business turnaround ever.” In 2014, the Blackhawks were recognized as the “Best Franchise” by The Hockey News, and the momentum has carried on with the Blackhawks most recent Stanley Cup win in 2015. Further information on John’s accolades, awards, and honors can be found here.

John F. McDonough, CHP
President & CEO
Chicago Blackhawks

CHPs

Brett Barnes works as an associate and player agent for RWG Sport Management, an agency that represents junior and professional hockey players. With RWG, Brett assists with the negotiations and execution of standard player contracts for players in National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), and East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). In addition to his role with RWG, Brett is a Territory Account Manager with Nike Golf. His prior experience includes working as a Sales Manager for a hockey equipment manufacturer and as a referee for Hockey Canada. Brett received his MBA in Hockey Management and the CHP designation in 2018.

Brett Barnes, MBA, CHP
Associate
RWG Sport Management
Territory Account Manager
Nike Golf

Keith’s involvement in hockey started in 1999 when he moved to Hong Kong to work for Asiasports Ltd. and organize a hockey tournament featuring Gordie Howe. Since then, Keith has been committed to growing the game in Asia and organized tournaments in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. He was appointed the Project Lead for the Montreal Canadiens Alumni visit to Beijing in 2016 and also Co-founded SWOT Hockey Limited, a company that develops and markets licensed hockey equipment, and organizes leagues, tournaments, and clinics throughout Asia. Keith completed his MBA at Western University and received his CHP designation in 2018.

Keith Fong, MBA, CHP
Co President
SWOT Hockey Limited

Patrick has worked at the highest level of hockey for over a decade. He has worked for the Edmonton Oilers in various capacities in both hockey operations and the business side of the organization.  His roles with the Oilers have included Coordinator, Communications and Team Services; Manager, Team Services; and most recently, Program Director, Hockey Engagement. Prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers, Pat also worked for Hockey Canada as a Coordinator, where his responsibilities included working as a video coach for Team Canada at the 2004 Hungarian Cup and tracking statistics for all Canadians playing professional hockey in Europe. Pat received his MBA in Hockey Management and CHP designation in 2018, and also holds a Sports Administration Diploma from Mount Royal University.

Patrick Garland, MBA, CHP
Program Director, Hockey Engagement
Edmonton Oilers

Earl has over 35 years of experience as a coach and manager to elite athletes, financial advisors, and high net worth clients. After playing varsity hockey for the University of Pennsylvania, Earl transitioned into coaching and management. He began his career off the ice in the CIAU, where he served as an assistant coach for Dalhousie University and Western University, before becoming the Head Coach of Brandon University. After his university coaching career, Earl made his mark in the AHL and the Western Hockey League (WHL), serving as the Head Coach/General Manager for the Fredericton Express (farm team of the Quebec Nordiques and Vancouver Canucks), and the Head Coach/Assistant General Manager for the Lethbridge Broncos.  Earl has most recently worked in the financial services sector as an Investment Advisor. He received his MBA in Hockey Management and CHP designation in 2018, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Physical Education from Dalhousie University, and a Masters of Arts in Coaching from the University of Western Ontario.

Earl Jessiman, MA, MBA, CHP

FUTURE CHPs

Doug has nearly two decades of experience implementing business and software solutions and currently works as an IT Project Manager with Royal Dutch Shell PMO. At Royal Dutch Shell, Doug is responsible for leading technical teams in installing and decommissioning IT operations in sites across Canada and internationally, overseeing hardware upgrades and removals, installing networks and software, and administrating vendor contracts. He has previously worked as a Project Business Analyst for two national law firms and as a project manager for Nortel. Doug received his MBA in Hockey Management in 2018 and has also completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing/Finance at St. Mary’s University and the Applied Information Technology, ITI program at Dalhousie University.

Doug Ferguson, MBA
Project Management Specialist
CompuCom Canada (Shell PMO)

Nathan joined the Swift Current Broncos as Director of Business Operations in 2018. He is Chartered Professional Accountant with ten years of experience in public accounting practice and assurance, and has worked for two national accounting firms, most recently serving as a Manager at Crowe Mackay LLP. At Crowe MacKay, Nathan initiated and led the audit and review engagements for a large client group, while managing numerous other annual engagements and focusing on a growing role in business development. He has also previously served as the CFO and Director of Byram Mortgage Investments. Nathan received his MBA in Hockey Management in 2018 and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University.

Nathan MacDonald, CPA, CA, MBA
Director of Business Operations
Swift Current Broncos

Taylor’s playing career included three years in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), one year in the Alberta Junior Hockey league (AJHL), and four years at NCAA Division 1 school, Union College. Following his playing career, Taylor has held various positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) including Trust and Transparency Solutions Sr. Associate, Sr. Client Strategist, and now, Global Pursuit Manager. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the GhostBear Foundation, an organization founded by NHL hockey player, Shayne Gostisbehere. The organization assists young athletes aspiring to have collegiate and professional hockey careers. Taylor received his MBA in Hockey Management in 2018 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Managerial Economics and Mathematics from Union College.

Taylor Reid, MBA
Global Pursuit Manager
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Caster has over a decade of experience as an official, general manager, and writer in the hockey industry. He currently writes for the Nation Network and previously served as the General Manager for the Wisconsin Wilderness in the Superior International Junior Hockey league (SIJHL). Prior to joining Wisconsin, Caster had multiple referee roles, serving as the Director of Officiating in the Irish Ice Hockey Association; an Official and Supervisor in the United States Hockey League (USHL); and an Official in the WHL. Caster also sat on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL). Caster received his MBA in Hockey Management in 2018 and also holds a degree in Sports Management from Acadia University.

Caster Shaver, MBA
Op-Ed Contributor
The Nation Network