1009, 2018

Mark Chipman to Receive Honorary CHP Designation

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) announced today that Mark Chipman, Executive Chairman and Governor of True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the awarding of the honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation. Upon receiving notice that he will be the next recipient of honorary CHP designation, Mr. Chipman said, “I’m deeply honoured and humbled to receive this designation. To be in the company of such distinguished past winners, John McDonough and Peter Luukko, both of whom I hold in the highest regard and who are considered to be the finest team leaders in the NHL .” For over two decades, Chipman has been integral in establishing and maintaining professional hockey in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Some of the more notable achievements in his career include: Leading True North’s successful relocation of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg in 2011, naming the team, once again, the Winnipeg Jets. Working alongside NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, and nine other NHL Governors as part the of league’s NHL Board Executive. A role Chipman accepted last year. Bringing the AHL and Manitoba Moose back Winnipeg in [...]

709, 2018

HCKY 645: Hockey Operations

September 7th, 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. HCKY 645 will be taught by Syracuse University and BHI professor, Dr. Rodney Paul. Dr. Paul has consulted for NHL and AHL teams and his areas [...]

609, 2018

HCKY 644: Game Day Management & Marketing

September 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Registration is now open for HCKY 644: Game Day Management & Marketing. Visiting students are welcome. This course examines game day operations for franchises and the successful production of live hockey games. More so than in other sports, the majority of a hockey franchise's revenues are derived from home games and as a result, it is essential to optimize game day operations. Individuals working in game day, marketing, corporate sponsorship, or event-related roles for professional hockey teams, not-for-profit organizations, and other hockey related organizations may be interesting in registering for HCKY 644. Topics covered include project management, advertising and promotion, concessions, pricing strategies and tactics, human resource management (including volunteer management) and facilities management. Attention is also given to promotional and technological innovations (e.g., social media, live streaming) impacting spectators' and viewers' game day experiences. HCKY 644 will be taught by BHI and UCLA professor, Mark Francis. Mark is a renowned sports consultant and current Head Coach of the Men's Ice Hockey at UCLA. Through his current and prior professional associations with numerous esteemed sports and entertainment organizations, Mark has developed an extensive professional network of leaders throughout all levels of hockey - a network that he utilizes and features in HCKY [...]

2308, 2018

FEATURE: Brett Barnes, Player Agent & Certified Hockey Professional

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Brett Barnes, one of four BHI graduates that was recently conferred the Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation, has been intimately involved with hockey from an early age. He started playing when he was six, refereed from 12 through his 20s, and eventually went on to work as an equipment salesman.  More recently, Brett leveraged his experience and passion for the game and joined player agency, RWG Sport Management, as an Associate. As the Account Manager at SC Agencies Ltd., Brett was responsible for retail and corporate sales for several high-end hockey equipment manufacturers including Vaughn Custom Sports, Eagle Hockey, Graf Canada Ltd., Sauce Hockey, and Force Sports. He was eventually promoted to Sales Manager where he supervised territory sales managers, and had the opportunity to negotiate retail purchase programs, create and maintain endorsement contracts, and manage inventories. In 2014, Brett took the initiative and pursued Ross Gurney, president of R.W.G. Sport Management, seeking an opportunity in the player representation business. Gurney, who was impressed with Brett’s experience, created a position for Brett, hiring him as an Associate. A year later, Gurney supported Brett’s decision to pursue graduate level education with BHI: “Brett is such a valuable member of our group. [...]

908, 2018

CHP Webinar: September 13

August 9th, 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 September 13 at 10:00am MT (12:00pm 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.

2407, 2018

Nathan MacDonald Accepts Role as Director of Business Operations with Swift Current Broncos

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

In 2015, Chartered Accountant (CA), Nathan MacDonald, decided to pursue BHI’s MBA in Hockey Management and the Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation in hopes of seeking out a senior management opportunity in the game. Now, within months after officially graduating from the program, Nathan has been hired as the Director of Business Operations for Western Hockey League franchise, Swift Current Broncos. Prior to accepting his new role with the Broncos, Nathan earned his CA designation in 2011 and accumulated ten years of experience in public accounting and assurance with two national accounting firms. Most recently, Nathan served as a Manager at Crowe MacKay LLP, where he led various audit and review engagements, while managing numerous other annual engagements including being the business development and recruitment lead for the firm’s Calgary office. During the CHP program, Nathan learned from professors with extensive research experience at the CHL level, had the invaluable opportunity of working directly with a CHL franchises as part of the BHI curriculum, and networked with various hockey executives at three NHL drafts. Nathan feels that the CHP program played an integral role in providing him with the skillset needed to obtain and excel in his new role: “The [...]

2307, 2018

FEATURE: Keith Fong, Certified Hockey Professional & Trailblazer in the Asian Hockey Market

July 23rd, 2018|1 Comment

For as long as Keith Fong can remember, hockey has been a big part of his life. His love for the game solidified at age seven when he attended his first live game. Watching ‘The Great One’, Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers, play against his home team, the Vancouver Canucks, he knew some form of hockey was going to be part of his life forever. Fast forward to 2018 and Keith has dedicated countless hours to expanding the game of hockey in Asia as an official, tournament organizer, senior advisor to South China’s first ever ice hockey league, and an equipment retailer. As the Director of Asiasports Ltd., Keith was responsible for organizing the largest ice hockey tournament in Asia, the World Hockey 5’s, which welcomed hockey legend, Gordie Howe, as an attendee in 1999.  He also assisted with the organization of the first hockey tournaments and exhibitions in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. Today, all four of these countries are members of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Keith has also represented Hong Kong as a Game Official in several IIHF’s events such as the Asian Winter Games and the Challenge Cup of Asia; acted as a senior [...]

2906, 2018

Meet our Professors: Mark Francis

June 29th, 2018|0 Comments

As BHI’s professor for HCKY 644: Game Day Management & Marketing, Mark Francis brings a wealth of academic and practical experience at all levels of sports and entertainment to BHI, with significant interest and expertise in fan/guest engagement technologies, large-scale event management, and marketing. An advocate for advanced education in sport, Mark holds an MBA and MA in Sports Administration, as well as a Diploma in University Teaching from the University of New Brunswick. Mark currently serves as Principal and Founder of MARK ONE Sports & Entertainment in Los Angeles where his clients are hi-lighted by Edwards Technologies International, Panasonic, BaAM Productions, California Center and most recently with sports technology company KiwiNet out of New Zealand. He also serves as a Lecturer in Sports Business at UCLA Anderson’s Center for Media, Entertainment, and Sports and has had the privilege of acting as the Lead Instructor for UCLA Extension’s Custom Programs in Sports & Entertainment Marketing in Shanghai, China in 2016.  Mark also served in a similar capacity for Jiaotong University’s MBA program of Shanghai in 2018. Prior to becoming a renowned sports consultant and professor, Mark had a successful coaching career in hockey. He won 2 CIS (Canada) National Silver [...]