CALGARY, ALBERTA - On Friday, the Canadian Hockey Association announced the naming of Brian O'Byrne as Manager, Hockey Operations, Ontario Centre of Excellence and Luc Richard as Manager, Hockey Operations, Atlantic Centre of Excellence.
The Canadian Hockey Association has established five Centres of Excellence with NHL and AHL teams as partners: Western Centre of Excellence in Calgary, AB (Calgary Flames); Ontario Centre of Excellence in Toronto, ON (Toronto Maple Leafs); B.C. Centre of Excellence in Vancouver, BC (Vancouver Canucks); Atlantic Centre Of Excellence in Saint John, NB (Saint John Flames); Quebec Centre of Excellence in Montreal, QC (Montreal Canadians)
The Centres provide the Canadian Hockey Association with a direct link to the hockey community through research, seminars, clinics, and initiation activities for hockey's newcomers. The goal of the Centres is dedicated to improving hockey and to play a leading role in the research and development of the game.
Brian O'Byrne, from Oakville, Ontario, has worked numerous years in hockey as both an administrator and coach at the community , branch and national levels. From 1976-1980, he served as Nova Scotia's Technical Director.
O'Byrne replaces Marty Savoy who has accepted the position as Manager, WCOE and General Manager COE Operations and has relocated to Calgary, Alberta. The 53 year old O'Bryne will start in his new position with the OCOE on November 22.
Luc Richard has been named Manager, Hockey Operations, ACOE. Richard has served the ACOE as a Development Coordinator since 1997 where he worked with the implementation and administration of CHA and Branch Hockey development programs within Atlantic Canada. A native of New Brunswick, the 27 year old Richard will start in his new role with the ACOE effective .
Pat McLaughlin, former Manager of the ACOE has moved on to the CHA National Office in Calgary, Alberta where he will commence his new position as Director of Marketing Services and Events.
Each Centre of Excellence houses the world's largest collection of instructional hockey videos of all levels. The videos are now being distributed world wide through other international federations.