Over more than two decades with Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Scott Robinson has amassed a lot of memories and seen many changes in the operation of amateur hockey in Alberta.
But starting in August, Robinson will be embarking on the next stage of his career, as the new Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. The Canada Winter Games committee made the announcement on Friday morning in Red Deer.
“I have had the opportunity to be mentored and influence by so many people, from coaches to players to officials to colleagues. I have been gifted with the time, teaching and mentorship of some of the greatest minds, characters and leaders Alberta and Canada has seen not only in hockey but in sport and society,” said Robinson. “And I am looking forward to taking what I have learned and experienced over the past 23 years, and having that benefit the Canada Winter Games in 2019 in Red Deer, and sport development across Alberta and Canada.”
In reflecting on his time at Hockey Alberta, a few accomplishments and events particularly stand out for Robinson:
Director of Operations for Team Alberta male and female hockey teams at the 1995 and 1999 Canada Winter Games (the male team won silver in 1995 and gold in 1999; the female team bronze in 1999);
Developing the new Advanced 1 Coaches Development Model which is still used today;
Developing the Regional Centre Model in 2003 for Hockey Alberta. It was piloted in 2005 and is now implemented across the province;
Assisting in the transition to new Governance Model for Hockey Alberta in 2012 -2013;
Member of the Hockey Canada Hockey Development Council (1997-2004), Coaches Committee (1999-2002); and
Team Manager, 1998 National Under-18 Team at Four-Team tournament in Slovakia (gold medal).
Most recently, Robinson has been the Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. The Foundation is Canada’s only provincial Hockey Foundation, and has invested more than $750,000 into hockey in Alberta since 2002.
“It has been my pleasure to work and volunteer beside Scott for the past few years. Since my earliest involvement with Hockey Alberta, Scott has been a constant figure, most recently as our Executive Director for the Hockey Alberta Foundation,” said John Windwick, Board Chair for the Foundation. “In my time on the board, Scott has been our key employee, working behind the scenes, running events, creating new programs and working on the strength of our Board’s governance and committee structure. Scott leaves us for a great opportunity where I know he will provide the same dedication and expertise he has shown the Foundation over these past few years.”
Robinson joined Hockey Alberta (still referred to at that time as the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association) in 1992 as Coordinator of High Performance. He was filling a vacancy left by Ray Bennett (current assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues), who had joined the Moose Jaw Warriors as assistant general manager with Mike Babcock.
Since then, he has served as Manager of Technical Development Programs, Senior Manager of Business Development, Executive Director of the Foundation, and overseen marketing and strategic planning processes for Hockey Alberta. In 2005, Robinson received the President’s Award from then-President Loren Krukowski, and in 2007, he received the Hockey Alberta Development Award.
“Scotty has been a mentor to many of us within the Hockey Alberta family, and he brought a passion that will be missed in our organization. It’s a huge shift for us to lose someone like Scott who, in many ways, has been Hockey Alberta since his start in 1992,” said Rob Litwinski, Executive Director of Hockey Alberta. “Working with Scott for 14 of those 23 years, it will be very different to work in this office without him. But I am happy to see him so excited for his new opportunity, I know how much the Canada Winter Games being in Red Deer means to him.”