CHL President and OHL Commissioner David Branch was inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Branch, who was also welcomed to the Order of Hockey in Canada in February, joined retired National Lacrosse League player Gavin Prout and retired Canadian Football League linebacker Jason Pottinger at the 19th Annual Gala celebrating the inductees at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club.
Branch has acted as Commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League since 1979 and President of the Canadian Hockey League since 1996. He has overseen the growth of the Ontario Hockey League from 12 teams to 20 in present day, with the OHL continuing to serve as one of the world’s leading producers of NHL talent.
Off the ice, Branch has placed great emphasis on the continual growth and academic development of the Canadian Hockey League’s student athletes.
During the 2014-15 season, the CHL proudly awarded 769 graduate players with academic scholarships representing an investment of over $6.2 million made by CHL member clubs. Across the league, 769 scholarship recipients were enrolled in 163 various post-secondary institutions across North America.
The induction ceremony included Durham Radio and Peterborough Petes broadcast voice Rob Snoek as inductor and master of ceremonies along with Sportsnet’s Ken Reid as guest speaker.
For David Branch’s full biography and for more information about the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame, please visit whitbysportshalloffame.com.