Robison receives three-year contract extension from WHL board of governors

Daily Herald File Photo Western Hockey League commissioner Ron Robison is interviewed by the league’s senior manager of communications Taylor Rocca prior to Game 1 of the 2019 Ed Chynoweth Cup at the Art Hauser Centre.

Western Hockey League commissioner Ron Robison will be staying in his role for the next three years after the league’s board of governors came to terms on a contract extension on Thursday.

“Over 21 years, Ron has done a tremendous job of continually elevating the Western Hockey League, including guiding the WHL through the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring all clubs were able to deliver a development season for WHL players,” WHL chairman of the board Bruce Hamilton said in a prepared statement.

“As we emerge from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ron’s continued leadership will be vital for the WHL to maintain its standing as a world leader in hockey development, player experience, and hockey scholarships.”

Robison, who was born and raised in Indian Head, has been in his current role since the start of the 2000-01 season and will surpass Ed Chynoweth as the longest serving commissioner in WHL history next year.

“It is an honour and privilege to continue serving as commissioner of this great league,” Robison said in a prepared statement.

“I am very fortunate to work with a highly committed ownership group and staff with our 22 member clubs and exceptionally dedicated staff at our WHL office who continue to be focused on maintaining the WHL’s position as a world-leading development league in the seasons ahead.”