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Special Guest Profiles

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Bob Nicholson

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Bob Nicholson has been President and CEO of Hockey Canada since 1998. Nicholson manages and oversees all operations for competitions that Canada participates in internationally, including the IIHF World Junior Championship, IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship and Olympic Winter Games. Since 1990, he has seen 66 medals be won by Canadian teams through international play- 41 gold medals, 20 silver medals and 5 bronze medals. Bob was previously the senior vice-president of the Canadian Hockey Association from 1992 to 1998, managing all national men’s teams, national women’s teams and development programs, and overseeing international and national event marketing and licensing.

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Mike Keane

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Undrafted, Keane played over 1100 games in the NHL from 1998 until 2004. During his career in the NHL Keane won the Stanley Cup 3 times – Montreal Canadiens in 1993, Colorado Avalanche in 1996, Dallas Stars in 1999. He is one of only ten players in Stanley Cup history to win Lord Stanley with three different teams. Before retiring from professional hockey, Keane played with the Manitoba Moose where he was named captain from 2005 – 2010. Just recently announced for the 2013-14 season, Keane will be the Assistant of Player Development with the Winnipeg Jets.

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Ron Robison

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Ron Robison is currently in his 14th season as Commissioner of the Western Hockey League. In addition to his duties with the WHL, Robison also serves as Vice President of the Canadian Hockey League. Ron has spent over 30 years with Canadian hockey in positions at the national and international levels. Prior to joining the Western Hockey League, Robison spent close to 20 years in senior management positions with Hockey Canada. During his time with Hockey Canada, Robison negotiated major sponsorship and broadcast agreements and was part of the management group for three Olympic Winter Games and seven World Championships.

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Jeff Hnatiuk

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With over twenty-five years of leadership experience, Jeff Hnatiuk is the President and CEO of Sport Manitoba. Hnatiuk oversees the delivery and development of amateur sport in Manitoba, while serving as a leader on many provincial and national boards and task forces. Jeff was also a member of the Board of the 1999 World Jr. Hockey Championships held in Winnipeg. Prior to his position as CEO and President, he served as Executive Director for both Golf Manitoba and Hockey Manitoba. He is currently on the board of directors for the Canada Games Council, KidSport Canada, The Exchange District Biz, YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, the advisory board of the University of Manitoba’s Health, and the Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute.

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Scott Oake

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Scott Oake is currently a reporter with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada’s western games of the traditional Saturday night doubleheader and co-hosting After Hours, the post-game show. Oake has covered the Olympic Winter and Summer Games and the Commonwealth Games – as a commentator for wrestling, hockey, alpine, skiing, swimming, rowing, diving, boxing and athletics. Oake also hosted the CFL ON NBC broadcasts from 1988 to 1996 as well ad the docudrama Making the Cut. Oake has interviewed some of hockey’s brightest and most intriguing stars. In 2003, Oake’s interview with Brett Hull won him a Gemini Award for Best Host/Interviewer in a Sports Program/Sportscast.

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Jim Toth

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Jim Toth is currently is a Sports Reporter and Host of the CJOB Sports Show where he covers the Winnipeg Jets. Previous to the Jets, he was a colour analyst for the Manitoba Moose on CJOB 68. Jim was also an on-air personality with Shaw TV Winnipeg where his full-time duties included reporting on the Winnipeg Goldeyes and hosting/producing Moose Trax  – a weekly show dealing with the Manitoba Moose organization on a seasonal basis. He also hosted Sports Talk, the NFL Sunday Ticket Show, The Fabulous Blue Bombers Show and Bisons Beat.

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Dr. Stephen Norris

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Dr. Stephen Norris (England, UK) has played a critical role in the development of Olympic, World Championship and international level athletes. Focusing on Canadian winter-sport athletes as well as working with national team coaches and officials, Dr. Norris has been implementing long-term strategic performance plans aimed at achieving excellence. From 1995-2010, he was the Director of Sport Physiology and Strategic Planning at the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary. Since then, Dr. Norris opened a sport consulting business and has worked with programs such as Hockey Canada and Alpine Canada.

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Dr. Glen Bergeron

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Dr. Glen Bergeron is Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at The University of Winnipeg. In 1975, he was certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. Dr. Bergeron has been at five Olympic Games as part of the Canadian Medical team staff, most recently at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His most recent professional task has been developing the Heads Up Concussion Institute at the University of Winnipeg, a partner of Concussion Resources Manitoba.

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