Hockey Canada considers forming an advisory panel

A Hockey Canada logo is shown on the jersey of a player with Canada’s National Junior Team during a training camp practice in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

A temporary advisory board is being considered for Hockey Canada to help with the transition for new board members, Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek reported during the 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.

“The deadline for board applications comes up this Thursday and on Friday, the official vetting of those applicants will begin,” Marek said. “One interesting note here as well (is) they’ve discussed putting together an advisory panel, or they considered a subcommittee that will advise his new board, considering this new board will only serve for a one-year term.

“It’s pretty crucial to get everyone up to speed as quickly as possible.”

Hockey Canada has been without a board of directors since it resigned en masse last month after a contentious Parliamentary hearing — the third time officials had been called to Ottawa since June — and the unveiling of former Supreme Court Judge Thomas Cromwell’s interim report. The board’s en masse resignation came on the same day president and CEO Scott Smith left the organization.

As part of his report, Cromwell recommended new parameters for the board’s nomination process, increasing its size from nine to 13 and ensuring that no more than 60 per cent of directors are of the same gender. A new election is set for Dec. 17.

–with files from The Canadian Press and Sportsnet’s Paul D. Grant

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