BCHL hires new commish

The BC Hockey League has a new commissioner.

The league announced Thursday Chris Hebb will take over the reigns from outgoing commissioner John Grisdale.

Hebb joins the league from Starting Five Media Consulting, a company which advises sports organizations on business strategy and development.

Prior to that, he spent seven years as senior vice-president of content and communications with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and 11 years with Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Grizzlies and GM Place.

“The BCHL has a tremendous reputation in hockey development,” said Hebb, a native of Prince Rupert, B.C.

“I’m pleased to continue the good work that’s been done, to give young men a platform to grow as hockey players and a path to a great career. But, I also look forward to helping our 17 teams raise their profile, increase league revenues and solidify our position as the best Junior A hockey league in North America.”

Grisdale held the office from 2003 until stepping down following this past season.

During his tenure, the league saw unprecedented growth in the numbers of player commitments to college, including a record 152 players this past season.

The league saw 67 players drafted into the NHL after playing in the league over the past 15 years.

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