The Hub John F. McDonough, President & CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks receives unique honour from BHI

John F. McDonough, President & CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks receives unique honour from BHI

On November 13, 2016, The Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) had the unique honour of presenting the very first-ever Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation to John F. McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, at the PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment management conference.

Many members of the BHI Board were in attendance; Co-founders Brian Burke and Ritch Winter, as well as Directors, Dr. Neil Fassina, Nevin Markwart, Michael Mauws, Brad Robins, and Brian Yaworski.

L-R: John F. McDonough, President & CEO, Chicago Blackhawks, Ritch Winter, Co-founder, Business of Hockey Institute

Hosted by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and in front of over 500 attendees, John received the first-ever honorary CHP designation and a one-of-a-kind Inukshuk by Canadian Indigenous artist Koomoatuk Curley.

John said he was humbled to receive the CHP designation and thanked his team who were all part of the “One Goal” campaign. He went on to inspire those in attendance with some sage words of advise:


“If you stop to admire what you’ve achieved, you’ve stopped and it’s hard to get started again. Embrace change, address sensitive issues immediately, recognize and award achievement. Thank you, this is more than I ever expected.”

Inukshuk’s are known as navigational or directional aids that were placed on the bare tundra by the Indigenous peoples of the North for centuries to indicate someone had been there, and those that follow are on the right path. This Inukshuk is a symbol of John’s leadership and direction in one of the greatest sports franchises in the world and is emblematic of the path of the entire Blackhawks’ organization.

This Inukshuk was carved from native stone by Koomatok Curley to represent John’s greatest professional accomplishments – an arm that appears stick shaped and a silhouette representing the three Stanley Cups that the Chicago Blackhawks have won under his leadership.

Congratulations John!

  • November 16, 2016
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