Patrick Garland, one of four BHI graduates conferred the Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation in 2018, has been in the hockey industry since 2002. His initial success with Hockey Canada enabled a quick transition to the Edmonton Oilers, where he has been working for over 13 years.
As the Coordinator of the Men’s National Team for Hockey Canada, Pat took on a dynamic role within the organization. He led the coordination of team logistics for events in Canada and Europe, managed travel logistics for players and staff, and was responsible for tracking the statistics for all Canadians playing professional hockey in Europe. Pat had to wear many hats during his time with Hockey Canada as he also maintained a close working relationship with the International Ice Hockey Federation and acted as the Video Coach for Team Canada at the 2004 Hungarian Cup in Budapest.
In 2005, Pat made the transition to the NHL and 4 years after joining the Edmonton Oilers, he was promoted to Manager of Team Services. Despite having a significant level of responsibility which involved developing and managing a multi-million dollar budget, as well as a busy schedule requiring him to travel with the team, Pat decided to pursue his MBA in Hockey Management with BHI in order to further advance his career:
“I saw enrolling with BHI as an opportunity to grow in the hockey industry. While I was in the program I had great courses and acquired excellent mentors. Athabasca University provided great resources throughout the program.”
Craig MacTavish, Edmonton Oilers’ Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations, fully supported Pat’s initial decision to enroll in the program and believes that the CHP designation will be a valuable asset for Pat as his career progresses within the Oilers organization.
“Pat’s upward trajectory in our organization has been greatly improved with his MBA and CHP designation. This will definitely open doors inside and outside the Oilers Entertainment Group for Pat. The education, in combination with his already vast practical experience, makes him an attractive candidate for a variety of jobs.”
Pat saw his decision to pursue further education with BHI pay dividends earlier this year when he made another significant transition in his career. Pat moved out of hockey operations and into the business side of the Oilers organization, assuming the role of Program Director, Hockey Engagement:
“It was an honor to be a part of the inaugural BHI class. I share in the belief that there is a need for this type of expertise. My experience entering the program was on the hockey operations side, and I wanted to make a switch to the business side of the hockey industry. I could not have made the transition without the MBA and CHP from the Business of Hockey Institute. “
In his current position, Pat manages the Oilers Alumni Department and oversees all youth programs and initiatives. He was responsible for coordinating the Hlinka Gretzky Cup Task Force that brought the tournament to Edmonton this past August.
BHI is proud to have Pat as an Alumnus and CHP, and looks forward to his continued success with the Edmonton Oilers.