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810, 2019

Gary Bettman and Bill Daly to be awarded the honorary Certified Hockey Professional designation by the Business of Hockey Institute

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The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) announced today that Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), and Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the awarding of the honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation. “I’m honored to receive this recognition alongside my friend, colleague, and confidante, Bill Daly,” said Commissioner Gary Bettman. “The NHL’s growth over the last three decades is a testament to our incredible fans, the hard work of thousands of league and club employees, committed team owners, and the most skilled hockey players [...]

3009, 2019

Pontiacs’ Business Operations Flourishing Under Robb Hunter

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In February, 2018, the Bonnyville Pontiacs announced the hiring of Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) candidate Robb Hunter as their Director of Business Operations. They have been reaping the rewards of this decision ever since. In his new position, Hunter has overseen off-ice operations for the Pontiacs, including their business and financial strategy. On top of this, Hunter has also managed day to day operations for Pontiacs home games and coordinated volunteer and fundraising efforts. Combining his years of industry experience and knowledge gained from the MBA in Hockey Management program, Hunter made a sizable impact in Bonnyville during his first [...]

612, 2018

FEATURE: Patrick Garland, Certified Hockey Professional and Edmonton Oilers’ Hockey Engagement Program Director

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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 [...]

3010, 2018

BHI announces academic partnership with Chicago Blackhawks

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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 [...]

1009, 2018

Mark Chipman to Receive Honorary CHP Designation

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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 [...]

709, 2018

HCKY 645: Hockey Operations

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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 [...]

609, 2018

HCKY 644: Game Day Management & Marketing

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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, [...]

2308, 2018

FEATURE: Brett Barnes, Player Agent & Certified Hockey Professional

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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 [...]

908, 2018

CHP Webinar: September 13

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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

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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 [...]