CHL hires NBA executive Dan MacKenzie to be first full-time president

The Canadian Hockey League has hired Dan MacKenzie to be the league’s first full-time president. In that role, he will be “responsible for growing the game, along with enhancing the player and fan experience,” the CHL said in a press release.

MacKenzie will report to the CHL Executive Council, which consists of the three league commissioners — David Branch (OHL), Gilles Courteau (QMJHL) and Ron Robison (WHL).

“It’s an honour to be named the CHL’s first full-time president,” said MacKenzie in a statement. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Commissioners on strengthening the CHL and building on the strong foundation that currently exists. Growing up and living in Guelph, Ont., I understand the unique position that CHL teams hold in their communities and look forward to working with our teams to deepen the connection with our fans.”

Mackenzie comes to the CHL after spending the last eight years as Managing Director of NBA Canada. He holds a Masters degree in Sports Management from the University of Ohio, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University, and is a graduate of George Brown College Sport and Event Marketing Program.

“Dan has a unique combination of league operations, sports marketing and business experience along with being a former school teacher. His experience will help the CHL continue to grow and expand our programs and player experience,” said Branch, who was serving as CHL president as well as OHL commissioner before MacKenzie’s hiring. “The CHL conducted an extensive search to find the ideal candidate to assume this role. Gilles, Ron and I are confident that Dan is that person. We look forward to working with him.”

MacKenzie will join the CHL in September.

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