102, 2018

HCKY 645: Hockey Operations

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Registration is now open for HCKY 645: Hockey Operations. Visiting students are welcome. The course delves into the essentials for making hockey teams more competitive on the ice with a focus on the costs of being competitive both on and off the ice. Both traditional and new techniques and tools (i.e., information technologies and recent developments in behavioral psychology) for scouting talent, negotiating player and coach contracts, and trading players effectively are discussed. The course addresses the impact of free agency, collective bargaining agreements, and salary caps on attaining and maintaining top player talent/personnel and the implications of all of these things on team performance. The role of analytics to improve player and coach performance is explored. Students are exposed to pertinent legal developments as well as negotiation strategies. Throughout the course, connections are made between hockey operations and the franchise’s marketing and business strategies so that senior executives and ownership is equipped to keep hockey ops staff and senior management accountable more effectively and in a more timely manner than has traditionally been the case. Individuals looking to take HCKY 645 as Visiting Students are required to submit a resume and brief essay explaining their interest in the course. Visiting [...]

3001, 2018

HCKY 641: The Business of Hockey

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Registration is now open for HCKY 641: The Business of Hockey. Visiting students are welcome. This course explores the trends and forces that are defining and influencing the business of hockey. It also explores the forces that determine success off the ice with particular focus on franchises' competitive advantage both within the league and within local markets. The underlying assumption is that hockey franchises businesses and must be managed as businesses. Individuals with general interest in careers in the business of hockey may be interested in registering for HCKY 641. Topics covered in the course include trends shaping the business of hockey at the franchise, league, and international levels; revenue sources and expenses of hockey franchises and the forces that impact them; trade-offs required between team success and franchise profitability; and forces driving league expansion and team relocation. Individuals looking to take HCKY 641 as Visiting Students are required to submit a resume and brief essay explaining their interest in the course. Visiting students may send registration requests to info@businessofhockeyinstitute.com. The registration deadline is April 25, 2018.

3001, 2018

Hockey MBA Webinar: February 28

January 30th, 2018|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 Manav Deol, Managing Director of the Business of Hockey Institute, for an hour long webinar on February 28th at 12:00pm MT (2:00pm 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.

2301, 2018

Meet our Professors: Dr. Norm O’Reilly

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

As the Richard P. & Joan S. Fox Professor of Business, Dr. Norm O’Reilly is recognized as one of the leading scholars in sport business and serves as the Chair of the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University’s College of Business. For a decade, he has been minority owner and senior advisor with the Consulting Group of Toronto-based marketing agency, The T1 Agency, where he has worked for dozens of clients including Nike, Nissan, UFC, the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and many more. He also acts as a specialist on legal cases and has sat on the boards of many sport organizations. Dr. O’Reilly has been involved with BHI since its inception, serving as both a board member and professor of HCKY 642: Marketing Hockey Strategically within BHI’s Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) education program. Through BHI’s highly interactive, discussion-based course                                                                       structure, Dr. O’Reilly shares his wealth of knowledge in a range of sport business, hockey business [...]

1501, 2018

FEATURE: Taylor Reid Steps Up His Game

January 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Taylor Reid’s on-ice career branches into business with hockey-specific MBA studies Hockey can take you places, whether it be across the continent or up the career ladder. Taylor Reid is one hockey traveler who knows this to be true. Born and raised in Calgary, educated in Schenectady, NY, employed first in Boston and then in Philadelphia, Reid owes a lot of his progress to hockey. Now he’s blending his playing and professional experience with graduate studies to map out the next leg of his journey. Reid is outspoken about his love for the game and its continuing importance in his life: “It helped mold who I am and it got me to where I am.” “Where” is with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a risk assurance senior associate. It also includes being among the first cohort in BHI's MBA/Certified Hockey Professional program , which is set to graduate in June of 2018. Reid’s hockey travels started as a youngster in Calgary and led him to Junior A stops in Nanaimo, B.C., and Fort McMurray, Alberta. An NCAA Division I scholarship carried him on to Union College in Schenectady, where he earned a B.A. in managerial economics and was a four-time conference academic all star. [...]

1401, 2018

Hockey MBA Webinar: January 31st

January 14th, 2018|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 Manav Deol, Managing Director of the Business of Hockey Institute, for an hour long webinar on January 31st 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.

612, 2017

FEATURE: Priestner sharpens Blades with Hockey MBA

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

  Colin Priestner, MBA/CHP student andmanaging partner of the Saskatoon Blades When Colin Priestner and his father—former WHL goalie Mike Priestner—purchased the Saskatoon Blades in 2013 they knew they had a big challenge ahead. Though both were experienced in sports and management, they were inheriting an organization in transition. “It was like cleaning up after a big storm,” Priestner recalls. “They had just hosted the Memorial Cup, so they had made a lot of short term moves to try to win the tournament… so the cupboards were a little bit bare. We had to work hard rebuilding the hockey team and regenerating interest in the community.” All eyes were on the new management as they launched into the 2013-14 season. A former varsity tennis prodigy, VP Sales for Jaguar Edmonton and off-and-on recording and touring musician, Priestner isn’t your traditional managing partner of a professional hockey franchise. That’s okay with Priestner: while he respects tradition, he considers himself part of a newer breed of hockey professional. That career diversity, he says, “makes me who I am.” Being able to bring a different, creative approach to business is one of his strengths. At the same time, he acknowledges that he sometimes [...]

2611, 2017

FEATURE: Brett Barnes merges hockey and entrepreneurial drive

November 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Brett Barnes has already shown creative flair and considerable drive in his career approach. Following his passion, he’s part of the first ever business of hockey cohort in the Hockey MBA program —but while others are gearing towards front office positions in professional hockey, Barnes has something else in mind. He comes by his passion honestly, from an early age: as a minor hockey defenseman from the age of six; a referee from 12 through to his 20s, a goalie equipment salesman, and now associate with RWG Sport Management in Penticton, B.C. “I respect the game so much, to be in a position to educate myself to serve the game, and to help players with their careers, that would validate me on a day-to-day basis in my work,” he says. How does he aim to do that? By earning his NHL player agent certification, and equipping himself with the same business knowledge his management counterparts hold. With a BA in history from UBC-Okanagan, he values the differing subject matter and perspectives offered in the Hockey MBA program. Barnes has applied the same hustle he learned on the ice to his budding career, investing huge amounts of time and energy in building relationships with players as young as 14, and [...]