The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) and the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to an academic partnership that will provide Blackhawks employees with unprecedented professional development opportunities through BHI’s Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) education program.
BHI, a non-profit think tank dedicated to improving the business of hockey, was co-founded in 2015 by Brian Burke and Ritch Winter. The development of a hockey-specific curriculum in consultation with industry leaders, sports management professionals, and its academic partner, Athabasca University, led to the creation of the CHP program and the first-ever MBA in Hockey Management. Through these programs, BHI offers hockey-focused, graduate level courses to elevate the performance of employees working in hockey organizations.
“The CHP is designed to be the ideal professional development program for business employees in hockey organizations. It would definitely benefit a lot of people working for NHL franchises,” said Burke. “We are proud to have the Chicago Blackhawks as our first academic partner and look forward to working with their valued employees.”
The academic partnership provides both organizations with significant growth opportunities. Chicago Blackhawks employees will have the opportunity to enrol in BHI courses covering a range of business topics including sales, marketing, and operations, while also being exposed to unique and immediately applicable strategies to improve the club’s bottom line. Other BHI students will benefit first hand from the experience and perspective of Blackhawks employees in an environment that emphasizes peer-to-peer learning and connecting individuals across the hockey world.
“The Blackhawks are proud to create this academic partnership with the Business of Hockey Institute. BHI continues to innovate and grow the business side of hockey by providing professional development opportunities for those that are both currently working in hockey and those who strive to join this competitive industry,” said John F. McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks and first ever recipient of BHI’s honorary CHP designation.
The Blackhawks are once again setting an industry-wide example by committing to further professional development opportunities for their staff and becoming the first NHL franchise to partner with BHI.