The SJHL announced the hiring of Bill Chow as the new president of the SJHL today.
Here's a link to the release:
I'm hoping to speak with Mr. Chow today as well as the Chairman of the SJHL Board of Governors, Rick Schultz so I'll add more to this post once I've had the opportunity to speak with both.
While at first, WHL Scout and member of the Police Service may seem like an odd combo at first, it could be a very effective mix for the SJHL. Bill Chow has been around hockey for 25+ years so he's no stranger to the game. His background with the police means there's someone in the office that knows how to handle unruly coaches diplomatically and effectively. It will be interesting to see how the next three years progress for Bill Chow as SJHL President.
UPDATE: I got the opportunity to speak with Mr. Chow, and I will get that audio up in the afternoon. First impressions were great from the new President and I was excited to hear he hopes to be in La Ronge next season when the Ice Wolves raise their championship banner. That and more when I get the interview posted.
My interview with SJHL President, Bill Chow is now up on the site. Please excuse some of the weird audio on my voice, there's a hum when I record at my desk. I think Mr. Chow has been pretty busy with interviews as his voice sounded pretty raw. A very busy day for him I'm guessing.
Click Here to Listen
(My first question was cut off by recorder, it was about the emotions of the day as the announcement of his hiring became official.)
He had some interesting things to say I was especially keen on the comments about consistency with how new rules about head shots and the like are applied. It was also good to hear that he's not rolling into the league meetings with the mindset of, "this is how we're doing things now." He wants to build the future of the league with all 12 franchises collaborating on what goes on.
UPDATE: This has seriously been one of my more cobbled together posts, mainly because of the progression of the story releasing, and getting the interviews done through the day. I just got off the phone with the Chairman of the SJHL's Board of Governors, Rick Schultz.
While many are focused on the SJHL Meetings coming up in Nipawin, Schultz says the president had to be in place sooner, "There's Hockey Canada meetings coming up on May 26th in Calgary and we needed to have our new president at (those) meetings because there (are) a lot of things happening at those meetings and it influences our league."
"The Governors were looking for some stability and Bill is retiring from the Prince Albert Police Department and he brings with him years of experience with people and (is a) good communicator"
From the sounds of things the board is pleased with their decision and Bill Chow sounds excited for the opportunity this position presents. It will be an intriguing year for sure in the SJHL