2013/2014 Ed Chynoweth Internships
1. Chadi Azzi, Hockey Canada – Ottawa
School: University of Ottawa
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Internship role: Legal Intern
Bio: I am currently in the final year of my Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa. Prior to law, I completed a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with Honours in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Having volunteered and worked in minor hockey for many years, I am very passionate about the great game of hockey.
Skills you learned: My time with Hockey Canada has allowed to me better myself both professionally and personally. Being exposed to various business and legal questions on a daily basis has provided me with a great introduction to the business side of amateur and professional hockey in Canada. Having the opportunity to analyze different insurance policies, insurance claims and legal questions, I am continuously learning how to better my abilities as an aspiring lawyer. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to devise organizational systems in order to effectively manage tasks and objectives as well as to efficiently document file progress.
Working under the supervision of Glen McCurdie and Sean Kelly, I have come to better value the importance of teamwork and maintaining a professional and friendly relationship with colleagues, as it favors a productive and efficient workplace environment. Having the opportunity to assist my superiors in their day-to-day responsibilities, I have learned the importance of time management and organization in order to maximize workday productivity.
During my time, I have also had the opportunity to learn about the different programs currently in place that aim to further grow the game of hockey in Canada. Last but not least, working for a non-profit organization has enabled me to better appreciate sponsoring partners and the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with each partner.
How will this internship help your career? This internship is a great introduction to the business and legal aspects of amateur and professional hockey in Canada. I am currently seeking the opportunity to gain experience and develop my career in amateur and professional sports, and my experience with Hockey Canada is a step in the right direction to achieving my future goals and aspirations.
2. Mason Stewart, Western Hockey League – Calgary
School: Mount Royal University
Program: Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Major in Sports and Recreation
Internship role: Program Coordinator, Officiating
Bio: My name is Mason Stewart. I am 23 years old, born and raised in Calgary. In 2011 I graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a Bachelor diploma in Business Administration, majoring in Management. Upon graduating in 2011, I transferred to Mount Royal University to my current post-secondary program. I am currently in my 4th Year at Mount Royal University, scheduled to graduate in April 2014. I am also a minor hockey Official for the Central Zone Referee Committee, currently in my 11th season.
Skills you learned: Through working with Kevin Muench, the Director of Officiating for the Western Hockey League I have greatly increased my knowledge of officiating. He has me taught me many officiating specific skills such as the attitude and commitment level required to officiate at an elite level, importance of rule knowledge, the judgment required to make split second decisions on the ice and how to perfectly communicate with coaches and players. Many of these skills I have developed while working within the Western Hockey League’s officiating department have translated into a successful officiating season for me to this point.
Some of the office skills I learned through this internship from a business level include; professional communication and interpersonal skills, organization and planning for special events, research skills and attention to detail. I have also greatly enhanced my knowledge of computers during this time, working with video on a daily basis and building a library of clips for the officiating department. I have also had the opportunity through working with the WHL to increase my efficiency with many different aspects of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Power Point, Word and Excel.
How will this internship help your career? This internship will help me in my career by providing me with great work experience and providing me with enhanced knowledge of the hockey industry. Through my work with the Western Hockey League I have been lucky to have a behind the scenes look into the work required to carry out and perform successful world class events such as the MasterCard Memorial Cup, Subway Super Series and CHL Top Prospects game. This internship has also given me more direction moving forward as I now have a good understanding of the different jobs available within the hockey industry.
3. Brendan Taylor, Hockey Canada – Toronto
School: Sir Wilfred Laurier University
Internship Role: Coordinator- Development
Bio: I am 24 years old. I was born April 1st 1989 in Oakville, ON. I played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the Peterborough Petes and Belleville Bulls before attending Wilfred Laurier University.
Skills you learned: I’ve learned how to plan, set up and execute events and camps for both coaches and young players. Developing, managing and maintaining a budget are skills I’ve just recently acquired. I’ve been given the responsibility of managing my time properly ensuring I have enough time to complete my in-office work while staying on top of important emails and the physical execution of camps. I continue to perform general administration duties such as editing, proofing and handling of program inquiries. I’ve also made myself available to assist in other departments in the delivery of special projects and initiatives. For my first office job, I have been able to see how offices work, the chain of command and general office etiquette.
How will this internship help your career? I’ve played hockey since the age of 4 and this internship is allowing me to learn the ropes of how businesses work while having the opportunity to stay involved in something I’m passionate about. Secondly, with Hockey Canada’s worldwide recognition and sterling reputation, it will be a huge benefit for me to able to list that I was an Intern at Hockey Canada on future resumes. Already, I’ve been able to work in cooperation with Hockey Canada’s partners including Bauer and the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF). Everyone dreams of being able to wake up and go to work in a field that they love but I get to do it everyday. Hopefully, the love and passion I have for hockey is evident in all aspects of the work I do and this internship can help me land a full time position here at Hockey Canada.
4. Bryce Swan, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – Montreal
School: University of New Brunswick
Program: MBA Sports Management
Internship role: Coordinator of Hockey Operations
Bio: I am a former 2nd round NHL draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks. I played 4 seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at St. Francis Xavier University) and am now completing my Masters in Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick). During my time at UNB I also played varsity hockey and won a CIS National Champion with the UNB Varsity Reds in 2013.
Skills you learned: In this role I am learning about all aspects of sports management. By working with the QMJHL, I am able to see a completely different side of the game and realize how much work goes into making the league functional. From things such as logistics planning for games as events (subway super series) to monitoring game reports to enforce the use of neck guards and mouth guards. Finally working with the CCES to enable that all of our players are aware and knowledgeable about clean play in hockey
How will this internship help your career? My goal is to work in sports management, preferable hockey. As previously stated, I never knew the many different aspects that go into making a league or a team so functional. By being able to work with knowledgeable professionals, I am able to learn from them their daily routines for league functionality. By working in different departments, I now have a better understanding of all the components needed.
5. Mathieu Sells, Hockey Canada - Calgary
School: University of Calgary
Program: Faculty of Law's Juris Doctor (JD) program
Internship role: High Performance – Video Coordinator
Bio: I am a graduate from the University of Regina where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in Economics. In addition to my Hockey Canada Internship, I am a Lead Instructor for Hockey Canada’s Skill Development Program. Prior to joining Hockey Canada, I was an Assistant Coach with the Penticton Vees (BCHL). Starting September 2014, I am enrolled in the JD Program at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law.
Skills you learned: This internship provided me with a great opportunity to further develop my ability to prioritize, multi-task, work individually (in a team dynamic), and perform under pressure. Additionally, I learned some of the nuances of pre-scouting hockey at an international level and the attention to detail required in putting together a thorough scouting report.
How will this internship help your career? This internship provided me with an opportunity to interact with some of the most influential individuals in professional hockey. The experience of working with the management group and coaching staff of the Olympic team was invaluable and not simply because of the connections I made. As part of Hockey Canada, I have a better understanding of the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice required to build championship teams.
2012/2013 Ed Chynoweth Internships
1. Ben Shutron, Hockey Canada
School: University of New Brunswick
Program: Bachelor of Recreation and Sport Studies, Concentration in Management
Internship role: Intern, Recruitment and Retention
Bio: I was born and raised in Orleans, Ontario and am a product of the Ottawa District Hockey Association. I played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers and the Windsor Spitfires. During this time I was fortunate enough to be drafted to the National Hockey League, as well as win two OHL championships and one Memorial Cup title. At the conclusion of my junior career I chose to utilize my education package by enrolling at the University of New Brunswick. After commencing in non-degree program, I elected to join the faculty of Kinesiology. Here I was able to combine my interest in sport with my interest in business by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Sport studies, with a concentration in management. This degree has allowed me to see the administrative side of sport, and how for-profit and not-for-profit sport organizations function. One requirement of this degree was the completion of a four-month internship. Having competed for Hockey Canada on the Men’s National Under-18 Team, I had a heightened interest in their organization. After browsing their web site I came across the Ed Chynoweth internship designed to provide Canadian Hockey League alumni pursuing a career in a sports-related field an opportunity to learn in one of Hockey Canada’s office. I was fortunate enough to be selected for one of the internship position, and was assigned to work with Hockey Canada with it’s recruitment and retention initiatives.
Skills you learned: The skills I learned throughout this internship ranged from statistical analysis to research techniques. My main responsibility at Hockey Canada was to interpret data regarding minor hockey registration, and to find ways to increase those numbers. Working alongside the organization’s experienced staff, and drawing upon my own experiences in hockey I was able to compile a report identifying strategies designed to recruit and retain minor hockey players. This assignment taught me how to communicate with consumers, and put their needs first. During the internship I also got to help organize the technical directors workshop. Throughout this process I was in constant contact with representatives from each of Hockey Canada’s 13 branches. I learned to be punctual and manage my time effectively to ensure that all participants were aware of their schedules and duties.
How will this internship help your career: This internship was an invaluable experience that gave me insight into the business side of sport. Playing hockey for the majority of my life I was only able to see one side of the production. Working in Hockey Canada’s office I was able to observe the day-to-day operations that allow Canadians to play the game of hockey. Learning under my mentor Glen McCurdie I learned to be thorough, and to complete each task to the best of my ability. The challenges I faced, combined with the relationships I forged I am confident that this internship has left me better prepared my future profession.
2. Kyle Moir, Western Hockey League
School: Graduate of Lakehead University (2011)
Program: Honours Bachelor in Kinesiology
Internship role: Hockey Operations
Bio: From Calgary, Alberta. I played five years in the Western Hockey League for the Swift Current Broncos. After I used my WHL scholarship to go to school and play CIS hockey for four years at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Played one year of pro hockey in Europe and am now looking at finding a career away from the ice.
Skills you are learning: The skills I am learning with this internship are organizational skills, and working with others in an office setting. Also getting a firsthand experience in what goes on in the day-to-day operation of running the WHL.
How will this internship help your career: This internship will help me with my career by giving me experience in a sport career setting and allowed me to see what goes on behind the sense to run the WHL. I also learned a lot about what it is like working in an office setting. This internship has also allowed me to see the career path I want to go down.
3. Jessica Kristine Scarlato, Hockey Canada
School: University of Ottawa
Program: Master of Human Kinetics
Internship role: Operations Intern, 2013 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship
Bio: Originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario and came to Ottawa to attend the University of Ottawa for my undergraduate degree, Honours Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Leisure Studies with a Minor in Business Administration. Following that I was accepted in the Master of Human Kinetics with Concentration in Sport Management program. This program is unique in the sense that it requires a completion of an internship opposed to a thesis. I completed my internship with Synchro Canada from May-August and this provided me an opportunity to enter the world of sport. During my second year of the Master program, I applied to work with the 2013 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship as the Operations Intern.
Skills you are learning: The skills I am learning with this internship are time management skills, organizational skills, and being able to work in team settings. These skills are applied through most aspects of my daily life, such as balancing my time for school, my volunteer work, and this internship. In working with the Women’s Worlds I have found myself constantly using all three of these skills. The signage project I have been working on requires a very detailed and organized Excel sheet to keep track of all the quotes requested, the budget for each venue, and the dates each signage is to be installed or completed. Even though I am focused on the operations of this championship, I am always touching base with other divisions and working with them to help them achieve their goals.
How will this internship will help your career: This internship will help me with my career by providing me experience in a sport setting and allowing me to network within this field. Just in these few short months I have had the opportunity to be part of behind the scenes and gain a new understanding of the field that I would be able to work in. I also have had great mentors along the way who have helped me through areas that I lacked in experience. What I feel is the most important thing about this internship is that all the skills and experience I have gained, can all be transferred to other work fields and other operation positions.
4. Alix Williams, Hockey Canada
School: Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technologies
Program: Sport Business Management, School of Business
Internship role: Promotions & Social Media Intern, 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship
Skills you are learning: Since October of 2012 I have dedicated my time and efforts to advancing the promotional plan of the Women’s World Championship. The duties inherent to this position include the planning, scheduling and implementation of various promotional events and the coordination of a volunteer pool, approximately 40 strong, essential to our promotional delivery and success. In-office and on-site promotional coordination must be balanced with team efforts to plan and host committee meetings, site visits, VIP receptions, and volunteer recruiting, orientation and administration.
As we draw closer to the Championship, the demands on time and skill have increased proportionate to the opportunities to become a viable and intrinsic member of this team. While I can claim previous experience in the realm of Public Administration and Policy, the Sport Industry was relatively uncharted territory. This has been a dynamic and energizing experience thus far, and I hope to increase my capacity in sync with the event’s success.
How will this internship help your career: While interning with the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, I have been able to expand my understanding of Event Planning and Coordination in the International arena. It is my intention to continue challenging myself in order to augment my skillset in International Sports Event Coordination, the area of the Sport Industry that I would like to focus my career aspirations upon.
“Don’t Miss the Moment” has become my mantra for career opportunity and development.
5. Paul Kurceba, Western Hockey League - CHL
School: Acadia University
Program: Business Administration & Accounting
Internship role: Hockey Operations and Business Development
Bio - Player: I was drafted into the Western Hockey League in the first round and enjoyed a 5 year career (2003 – 2008) where I split my time evenly between the Red Deer Rebels and the Kootenay Ice. I was fortunate enough to play for Team Pacific in the World U17 Hockey Challenge as well as for Team Canada at the U18 World Hockey Championship in 2005. I attended NHL rookie camps with the Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. After completing my WHL Career I used 4 years of the scholarship I had been awarded while playing in the WHL and continued my hockey career in the AUS (Atlantic University Sport) conference of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport). I am now currently playing Minor Professional Hockey for the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League.
Bio - Academic: I went to Acadia University in Nova Scotia for 4 years where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting. I played for the Acadia Axemen while at school and was able to balance hockey and academics well enough to be able to make the list of Academic All Canadians.
Internship Role: Throughout the summer of 2012 I worked at the WHL office through the Ed Chynoweth Internship. The work I did focused on hockey operations as well as the business side of the industry. Along with assisting virtually everyone in the office with minor tasks, I worked on two major projects throughout the summer; the first being revamping the Players First Program. The other project was to analyze and report on each of the WHL teams arena lease agreements. A considerable amount of my time was also spent assisting in the organization and supervision of the WHL's first Peewee Prospects Camp.
Reflection of Experience: Although I thought I knew almost everything about the WHL, I quickly learned there is much more that goes into making the league work than I thought. My eyes were opened to all the hard work that has to go into coordinating schedules; rule changes, exploiting marketing opportunities, player development, etc. I gained an intense appreciation for the organization as a whole after seeing what goes on behind the scenes to make the WHL as successful as it is.
How Will This Internship Help Your Career: The internship helped me combine my newly completed business degree with my passion for the game of hockey. I was able to network, meeting many people in the hockey industry that I would have not connected with otherwise. Also, I was able to acquire and fine-tune new skills during this role, such as; creative thinking and problem solving from the Players First Program, data research, analysis and organization from the WHL arena lease agreements, and improve my management skills from the PeeWee Prospects Camp. All of these skills I look forward to using in my future career path whether it be in the hockey world or somewhere else.
6. Khanh Be, Hockey Canada
School: University of Ottawa
Program: Master’s of Human Kinetics, Concentration in Sport Management
Internship Role: Marketing &Promotions Intern, 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship
Biography: I am a 22 year-old Master’s of Sport Management student who is aspiring to find a career in sports marketing and events. I completed my undergraduate studies at McMaster University in Kinesiology, but have found a greater affinity and interest to sport management. As an avid sports fan and marketing enthusiast, studying and experiencing the business side of sport has been phenomenal.
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How will this internship help your career: My current role has been my first experience in large-scale event planning and execution, and the internship has been further enhanced by the trust and autonomy given to me by supervisors and managers. I am encouraged to generate creative ideas that have not been done before, and I am encouraged to not limit myself by the ‘Intern’ title. My positive experiences thus far reaffirm that this is an industry and career I want to pursue fully. The diverse tasks and responsibilities that have already been given to me allude to a dynamic and rewarding job experience, prompting me to continue seeking roles in which I am constantly learning new things. As well as introducing me to some very knowledgeable and passionate people in the Ottawa sports community, the internship has also allowed me a space in which I am able to apply the theories I learn in class.