An exciting week in Toronto kicked off with the in-residence component of HCKY 646: Managing Franchises Strategically, where Dallas Stars COO and CFO, Jason Farris, provided CHP students invaluable first-hand knowledge on various issues that come along with managing an NHL franchise. CHP students had the opportunity to learn directly, and receive feedback on deliverables, from Farris in an intimate classroom setting over an intensive 5 day schedule.

Upon conclusion of the HCKY 646 in residence component, BHI sponsored the opening night of the 10th annual PrimeTime Sports Management Conference and Trade Show (Conference) and awarded Peter Luukko, Florida Panthers’ Executive Chairman, with the honorary Certified Hockey Professional designation. One highlight of the evening came in the form of last year’s honorary CHP and President of the Chicago Blackhawks, John McDonough, sending his congratulations to Luukko from Chicago in a surprise video.

“To be honoured by a program that is dedicated to hockey is such a great honour. It’s wonderful.” said Luukko, who’s enthusiasm for hockey has led to him becoming one of the most successful executives in the game.

TrophyThe remainder of three day Conference welcomed students and professionals from across the continent. A number of BHI students in attendance had the opportunity to obtain first hand insight from live panel discussions between industry leaders. Speakers at the conference included Luukko himself, as well as BHI Board Members, Brian Burke, Ritch Winter, and Brad Robins.

BHI also sponsored the Conference’s Sports Business Case Competition which involved teams made up of graduate and undergraduate students presenting on the emerging arena issues in Calgary. Students had an opportunity to present to Ritch Winter and Brad Robins and ultimately, a team from Western University consisting of Jarvis Lu, James Elmhirst, Ethan Wright and Patrick Mulherin came out victorious.