2208, 2016

Brad Robins on sports sponsorship

August 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

With the Olympics having filled screens around the world for the past two weeks, many are asking about Olympians' future sponsorships. So no surprise that the CBC (Canada's national network) turned to BHI board member, Brad Robins, to get some answers. Brad Robins speaks with CBC

2402, 2016

John F. McDonough to receive honorary CHP designation

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) announced today that John F. McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the awarding of the first ever honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation. “It's humbling to be recognized by The Business of Hockey Institute and to receive the first honorary Certified Hockey Professional designation,” says McDonough. “Like BHI, the Chicago Blackhawks value research, education and the exchange of ideas. This recognition is a tribute to the work of the entire organization as we continue to pursue our ‘One Goal.’” “As a board, we recognized John’s leadership and the critical role he played not just with the Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs, but also in the community and the larger sports and entertainment industry,” says Herb Pinder, Chair of the Business of Hockey Institute. “John is the role model for anyone working in the business side of the game and this is exactly what the honorary CHP was created to recognize. His example is what every hockey executive and leader should attempt to emulate.” Under John’s leadership, the Blackhawks have been one of the most successful in the NHL both [...]

2202, 2016

Game changer: Sports marketing star, Brad Robins

February 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that Brad Robins was turned down for his first job out of university. Today, Robins is one of the most influential consultants in the world of hockey – a personal branding and lifestyle manager for some of the game’s biggest stars, including; Carey Price, Martin Brodeur, Joffrey Lupul and Brendan Gallagher. His CV includes notable former clients such as Facebook, Apple Computers, Absolut, Air France, Subaru, the Katz Group, Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital, and he’s the former owner of a major junior hockey franchise. But as a young BA student in the 1980s, Robins didn’t look so impressive on paper. To get his foot in the door, he wound up volunteering as a “gopher” for a small ad agency in London, Ontario. “I was emptying garbage cans, pulling stock photography, doing errands,” he recalls, of his first foray into the business world. Eventually, through sheer tenacity, he landed a position with a larger firm, and when an opportunity came to handle the Canadian marketing efforts of a little startup computer company called Apple, Robins jumped. “To get ahead in the advertising world you have to look at each prospect as an opportunity and move quickly,” says [...]

2002, 2016

Learn more about the Hockey MBA with special guest Ritch Winter

February 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Want to learn more about the Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation and the world's first hockey-specific executive MBA program? If so, think about joining BHI co-founder and director, Ritch Winter, and Chris McLeod, Director of Marketing for the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University, for an hour long webinar on February 25 at 10:00am MT (noon ET). Everyone welcome. No special equipment required. If your device lacks a microphone, you can still ask questions via text. Advance registration is required so, if you'd like to participate, click here. If this date and time won't work for you, stay tuned for future webinars with other special guests. And in the interim, if you've not already done so, check out this short video about the program.    

1602, 2016

Game changer: First round draft pick, Nevin Marwart

February 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Nevin Marwart Nevin Markwart has come a long way from his start as a self-described “kid from Regina.” Selected by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 1983 draft after starring with the Regina Pats, he logged 309 NHL games over nine seasons as an industrious forward who showed his grit in the corners. With only a high school education, he embraced the Entrepreneurial Studies program offered by Northeastern University for Bruins’ players at the rink after practice. His resulting academic success motivated him to complete his MBA at Northeastern after he hung up his skates in 1992. Now, as a director on the Board of the Business of Hockey Institute (BHI), Markwart knows first-hand how well hockey and education go together, and the massive impact the latter can have on the business end of the sport. His combination of experience and education has enabled him to prosper for over 20 years in the world of high finance, and he is excited about BHI’s potential in concert with Athabasca University and its Executive MBA featuring hockey-specific courses. “We believe we can help organizations and individuals evolve their game in the hockey eco-system.” Markwart’s passion draws on [...]

402, 2016

BHI announces major scholarships

February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) announced today that, in the next few months, it would award as many as thirty “Top Prospects” scholarships to students pursuing their Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation. The minimum amount of each scholarship is $15,000/student. However, BHI will also match donor and sponsor contributions to a maximum of $25,000, meaning that Top Prospect scholarships can be as much as $50,000 per student. According to BHI co-founder and board member, Brian Burke, “This is about BHI putting its money where it’s mouth is. We created BHI and the CHP designation to provide hockey organizations with the means to develop their off-ice talent. And until employers appreciate the value of this investment, it’s up to BHI to make sure the program is accessible to the people that need to be taking it.” BHI was created in 2014 by a group of prominent hockey executives with a mandate to improve the economic viability of professional and amateur hockey through education, research, consultancy, and advocacy. In 2015, it created the Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) with four inter-related objectives in mind: Identify and recognize the executives and managers whose efforts make it possible for others to play and watch [...]

202, 2016

Game changer: BHI co-founder and board member, Ritch Winter

February 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Ritch Winter Throughout his career, Ritch Winter has been known as a guy who’s got his clients’ back. Chris Chelios, NHL Hall-of-Famer and three-time Stanley Cup champion, lauds him as a man “who has more courage and has done more for players than any agent… ever.” Chicago’s Rinkside Magazine referred to him as the game’s “first player agent superstar.” It all started with a call from behind the Iron Curtain. After graduating in 1983 with a law degree from the University of Calgary, followed by a year working for an agent in Los Angeles, Winter was awakened in the middle of the night by the urgent ringing of his phone. Frank Musil, one of the earliest Czech defectors in the NHL, was on the other end of the line asking if Winter would help get him “out.” Without hesitation and within 24 hours, he was winging his way to eastern Europe, and to his first NHL client. Ever since, Ritch Winter has been a crusader for fair practice in the often fraught relationships between players, owners and agents. Most notably, he led the 1989 movement to get then-head of the NHLPA, Alan Eagleson, convicted on fraud and racketeering [...]

2806, 2015

CHP students attend the 2015 NHL Draft

June 28th, 2015|0 Comments

The inaugural class of Athabasca University's hockey-specific Executive MBA students spent three very informative days at the 2015 NHL Draft. BHI co-founder, Ritch Winter, provided the students with a wide variety of behind-the-scenes experiences with the draft and hockey more generally. Among the many executives to spend time with the students were BHI co-founders, Ritch Winter (pictured) and Brian Burke; former Boston Bruin, Nevin Markwart; WHL Commisioner, Ron Robison, Detroit Red Wings General Manager, Ken Holland (pictured), and Buffalo Sabres Owner, Terry Pagula.