Earlier this month, the Bonnyville Junior ‘A’ Pontiacs announced the hiring of Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) candidate, Robb Hunter, as Director of Business Operations; precisely the kind of stepping stone opportunity that Hunter had in mind when he made the decision to pursue the Hockey MBA and CHP designation.
Prior to accepting his new role with the Pontiacs, Hunter was a nationally renowned play-by-play announcer, with experience calling games for Hockey Canada at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships in Alberta; being the “Voice of the Pontiacs” for over twelve years in Bonnyville; broadcasting the 2009 Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) All Star Game in 2009; and hosting the “AJHL This Week” radio segment on the AJHL’s website from 2009-2017.
Hunter’s hockey-related experience also transcends the broadcasting realm, as he spearheaded the 2016 World Junior “A” Challenge in Bonnyville, and has volunteered his time to a number of hockey- specific community initiatives including involvement with KidSport, Bonnyville as a Board Member.
While he has a deep-routed passion for calling hockey games, Hunter was confident that pursuing the Hockey MBA would open doors to a full-time, management opportunity within the business and allow him to transition out of his other employment as the Marketing Director for a local restaurant group. This opportunity came in the form of his new role with the Pontiacs within a year of him being accepted into the Hockey MBA program, and according to Hunter, may not have been possible had he not decided to pursue graduate level education with BHI:
“The opportunity to Chair the World Junior A Challenge Host Committee in 2016 opened my eyes to the possibility of a career in the business of hockey. Enrolling in the Hockey MBA has helped me make this new dream a reality and I look forward to the continued personal and professional growth the program will provide”
Pontiacs’ General Manager, Rick Swan, spoke highly of Hunter’s qualifications and confirmed that Hunter’s enrollment in the Hockey MBA was an important factor in the Pontiacs deciding that he was the right individual for the job:
“Robb’s solid character and his unique qualifications will lead our organization into the new realities of today’s Junior hockey world. Robb is smart, personable and is a ‘go-getter.’ He is an intelligent business and hockey mind who has a passion for our community and our team and Robb being enrolled in the Hockey MBA Program with the Business of Hockey Institute, made him the best candidate for the position,”
Going forward, Hunter will oversee off-ice operations, including business and financial strategy. His accomplishments at the national level, and education through the Hockey MBA program, will allow Hunter to make valuable contributions to the Pontiacs in a range of core business areas including marketing, finance, human resources, and public relations.