Order of Hockey in Canada

Bob Nicholson - 2016 Order of Hockey in Canada Honouree


  • Is chief executive officer and vice-chair of the Oilers Entertainment Group
  • Served as president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada from 1998-2014
  • Oversaw corporate sales and marketing, licensing, insurance and regulations, hockey development programs both nationally and internationally, high performance programs and communications
  • Managed and oversaw all operations for competitions Canada participated in internationally
  • Oversaw Canada winning 71 medals in international competition – 44 gold, 20 silver, 7 bronze
  • Gold at Olympic Winter Games (7); IIHF World Junior Championship (12); IIHF World Championship (5); IIHF World Women’s Championship (10); IIHF
  • World U18 Championship (3); IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship (4); Paralympic Winter Games (1); IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship (2)
  • Senior vice-president of the Canadian Hockey Association from 1992-98
  • Managed all national teams and development programs, and oversaw event marketing and licensing
  • Vice-president of programs with the Canadian Hockey Association from 1990-92
  • Technical director with the B.C. Amateur Hockey Association from 1979-90
  • Serves as IIHF vice-president (Americas)
  • Is chairman of the IIHF Development & Coaching Committee, and IIHF Competition & Inline Committee
  • Has sat on the IIHF Competition Committee, and IIHF Event Committee
  • Helped the Penticton Broncos win the BCJHL and B.C.-Alberta championships in 1973


  • Born May 27, 1953 in Vancouver, B.C.
  • He and his wife, Lorna, have one son, Grant, and two daughters, Mandi and Marijean


  • Received the CHL Distinguished Service Award in 2014
  • Received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013
  • Had his No. 6 retired in Penticton in 2005
  • Inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2004
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