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John McDonough, president & CEO, CHP, Chicago Blackhawks, is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the first-ever honourary Certified Hockey professional (CHP) designation. [photo credit: Chicago Blackhawks)

John McDonough, president & CEO, CHP, Chicago Blackhawks, is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the first-ever honorary Certified Hockey professional (CHP) designation. [photo credit: Chicago Blackhawks)

The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) will be awarding the first-ever honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation to John McDonough, President & CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dr. Deborah Hurst, dean of Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business, BHI’s academic partner, says honouring McDonough is the “perfect fit.”

“BHI could not have recognized a more worthy recipient than John McDonough and the entire Blackhawks organization,” says Hurst.

“Hockey isn’t just a global sport; it’s a global business. John’s professionalism, leadership, and integrity are exactly what the CHP designation was created to represent.”

Herb Pinder, Chair of the BHI, acknowledges McDonough’s leadership and the critical role he plays with the Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs, and in the community and the larger sports and entertainment industry.

“John is the role model for anyone working in the business side of the game and this is exactly what the honorary CHP was created to recognize. His example is what every hockey executive and leader should attempt to emulate,” Pinder remarks.

Legendary comeback

blackhawkslogoMcDonough holds an impressive portfolio of accolades, awards, and honors with the Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs [see his bio].

Under his leadership, the Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the most successful teams in the NHL, both on and off the ice. Forbes Magazine has called McDonough’s leadership in revitalizing the team and resurrecting its fan base, “the greatest sports-business turnaround ever.”

In 2014, The Hockey News recognized the Blackhawks as the “Best Franchise,” and the momentum has carried on with the team’s most recent Stanley Cup win in 2015.

Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation

John McDonough, president & CEO, Chicago Blackhawks is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the business of hockey through the first-ever honourary Certified Hockey professional (CHP) designation. [photo credit: Chicago Blackhawks)

[photo credit: Chicago Blackhawks)

 In January 2015, Athabasca University (the first university in the world to offer an online Executive MBA), announced it’s pioneering position as BHI’s exclusive academic partner offering the world’s first Executive MBA program specifically focused on the business of hockey.

The Business of Hockey Institute created the CHP designation to clearly identify individuals with both experience and formal training in the business of hockey. The CHP is earned by individuals who have demonstrated management and leadership experience in hockey and hockey-related industries and have completed the graduate level business education developed by BHI and AU.

The honorary CHP

“It’s humbling to be recognized by the Business of Hockey Institute and to receive the first honorary Certified Hockey Professional designation,” says McDonough.

“Like BHI, the Chicago Blackhawks values research, education and the exchange of ideas. This recognition is a tribute to the work of the entire organization as we continue to pursue our ‘One Goal.’”

The honorary CHP is awarded to an individual who epitomizes the qualities, capabilities, and accomplishments desired by existing and future CHPs. An honorary CHP also recognizes individuals who have made impressive off-ice contributions to their organizations that have earned them the respect of their peers in other hockey-related organizations.

McDonough will receive the inaugural honorary CHP at the BHI Awards Night occurring in conjunction with the 2016 PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment Conference in Toronto. The conference takes place each year immediately following the Hockey Hall of Fame weekend in November.

For more information on the Business of Hockey Institute and the Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation visit http://www.businessofhockeyinstitute.com.

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