Order of Hockey in Canada

David Branch - 2016 Order of Hockey in Canada Honouree

Hockey Accomplishments

  • Has been president of the Canadian Hockey League since 1996
  • Has been commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) since 1979
  • Has overseen the growth of the OHL from 12 teams to 20
  • Taken the lead on a number of player safety campaigns, including anti-violence and mental health
  • Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee
  • Executive director of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association from 1978-79
  • Secretary/manager of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1974-77
  • Coaches AAA minor hockey in the Whitby Wildcats organization
  • Played NCAA hockey at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Additional Background

  • Born November 27, 1948 in Bathurst, N.B.
  • His son, Barclay, is general manager of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves

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