In the mid-1980s, Earl Jessiman’s hockey coaching career was on the rise – after playing varsity hockey for the University of Pennsylvania, he had coached his way up through the Canadian university system, into the AHL as the youngest coach in professional hockey at the time, and then the WHL. After one season in the WHL, he decided to leave the hockey world and pursue a career in the financial services industry. Now, after receiving the Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation, and with over 35 years of experience as a coach and manager to elite athletes, financial advisors, and high net worth clients, Earl is getting back into the game.
Earl’s hockey career began in Canada, where he coached Dalhousie University and Western University, before becoming the Head Coach of Brandon University. He then made his mark in the AHL and the Western Hockey League (WHL), serving as the Head Coach/General Manager for the Fredericton Express and the Head Coach/Assistant General Manager for the Lethbridge Broncos.
In 1986, Earl transitioned into the financial services industry, where he spent 31 years serving as both an investment advisor and branch manager with several national firms. He managed high net worth client financial affairs, and other advisors, with Investors Group, Midland Walwyn, Merrill Lynch, CIBC, Canaccord, and TD Wealth. Earl had a highly successful second career, but now, after graduating with his MBA in Hockey Management and receiving his CHP, he is confident that his experience and education will enable him to make valuable contributions in the hockey world:
“I am currently pursuing a hockey operations or business operations position at either the NHL or CHL levels. My objective is to have a meaningful impact on the growth of the game and improve organization profitability for franchise owners.”
While enrolled in the MBA in Hockey Management over the past three years, Earl worked tirelessly to complete an intensive curriculum while running his own business and eventually transitioning his practice to a younger advisor in 2017. He attended three NHL Entry Drafts; interacted with numerous executives at all levels of the game; proved himself to be a model student and mentor to his peers; worked directly with QMJHL and WHL franchises as part of the BHI curriculum; and ultimately received his CHP designation, joining a group that includes honorary CHPs John McDonough, President of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Peter Luukko, Alternate Governor of the Florida Panthers.
“BHI and Athabasca University’s Executive MBA in Hockey Management paved the way for my return to the business of hockey. While I had extensive experience with hockey operations roles, I needed to learn more about the business operations side of the industry. This degree, and the CHP designation courses, coupled with my 30+ years in finance, has definitely prepared me for the challenges facing the hockey industry.”
BHI is proud to now have Earl as a BHI alumni and CHP, and looks forward to his continued success.