Kevin Abrams was named Commissioner in June of 2006. After over twenty years in Junior A hockey as a Coach, General Manager and Owner, Abrams embarked on his first administrative position with the CCHL.
During his tenure the league has grown from 10 to 12 franchises, an all-time high, and has continued to be a development ground for future NCAA and CHL players. New ventures include the implementation of large scale group purchasing, focusing on technology in areas such as real time statistics, video coaching and teaching tools, advanced scouting and administrative software and events such as the Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, the Ontario Summer Select Showcase and the largest September Showcase for players to display their skills.
Abrams resides near Pembroke with his wife Danna.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Steve Barban has served as the CCHL Chairman of the Board of Governors since 2008. As the league’s Chief Executive Officer, he represents the interests of the twelve franchises and their ownership groups and liaises regularly with CCHL Commissioner Kevin Abrams.
Steve’s business accolades are aplenty. Highlights include: inaugural Canadian winner of the T.O. Peterson National Manager of the Year Award in 1996, inaugural winner of the Canadian Dalbar Financial Professional Seal in 1999 – highest overall score nationally of any participating financial advisor from any firm in Canada (profiled in November 1999 Advisor’s Edge magazine) and recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2003 as one of the top 40 upcoming entrepreneurs under the age of 40 in the National Capital Region. More recently he was once again profiled in the March 2008 PROFIT magazine. His firm was also mentioned as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies in 2007 in the PROFIT 100 annual ranking. He is also currently a member of the Manulife Securities National Retail Advisory Council, the only Manulife Securities Incorporated advisor as a four time member of the council.
As accomplished as his business acumen has been in this and other businesses, Steve also takes time to give back to his community where he is active as a coach on his son’s competitive minor hockey team, is owner of the non profit Navan Grads Junior “A” Hockey Club, and has been a director on his village’s community association. As proud as he is of his business life; Steve is even more proud of his family; his spouse who minds their other businesses and their two children who constantly surprise and bring joy to their parents.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Ted Ward is the longest serving executive member in the CCHL, having served under two previous Commissioners during his tenure. His responsibilities include all matters of finance with the league and its owners and all group purchasing programs. He oversees all events and develops the business plan and budgeting for the CCHL.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
A native of Arnprior, ON and graduate of the Durham College Sports Administration program, Sean originally joined the CCHL in 2015 as Operations Manager, and is now in his fifth season with the league. He is responsible for management of league operations, with main focuses on team compliance, roster management, league discipline, and overseeing the leagues communications department.
Sean acts as league liaison for management staff, coaches, and hockey operations personnel for all 12 teams, and acts as point person at league hosted events.
He also acts as Director of Game-Day Operations for HEO U18 AAA, Commissioner for the EOJHL, and oversees the Spring Central Development Hockey League (CDHL).
VICE PRESIDENT – TEAM INFORMATION
Peter serves as statistician, and updates all league records. A former President, Peter brings his experience in that area as well as monitoring all electronic scoring and data input to ensure accuracy and compliance with league policies.
DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING
Whit is responsible for all things video on CCHL broadcasts, including the video highlight program on the league website, and development of league wide strategies for improving the quality of the PPV broadcasts. He works with all 12 team video leaders to ensure all league policies are followed.
OFFICIAL CCHL PHOTOGRAPHER
Robert “Bob” Lefebvre began shooting for the CCHL back in 2004 and his work has become a big part of the league over that time. The self-taught photographer has been practicing his craft for over a decade and shoots regularly for the CCHL and OHL. He’s also had the privilege of shooting the 2009 World Juniors and 2008 National Hockey League Draft. His work, both action and head shots, has been featured online, in newspapers, and Hockey Now magazine. There was a time you could also find him capturing the action of lacrosse and dirt track racing. Today, he focuses on Canada’s national pastime, at ice level, waiting for the puck to drop.
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Jonathan works with all 12 team academic advisors to ensure players are in proper courses and also have full information on prerequisites for SAT, ACT and NCAA clearing house. He deals directly with players and families requiring assistance in entry to classes at local universities and colleges.