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John Grisdale


Following his National Hockey League career, John became a partner in FCI Insulation Systems Ltd. and Tasman Industries Ltd., where he spent 18 years as Business Development Manager. John was also a partner and President of Enerpro Systems Corporation, an energy management company from 1998 to 2000 and President of esportsdesk.com from 2000 to 2001. Before joining the British Columbia Hockey League as Commissioner, John was General Manager of Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8 Rinks. John attended Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) on a hockey scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1971. Upon graduation he turned professional and played with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–74) and the Vancouver Canucks (1975–79).

Trevor Alto

Executive Director

Trevor is from White Rock B.C. and a product of Semiahmoo Minor Hockey. Later he attended Athol Murray College of Notre Dame playing for the Hounds for 3 seasons. Trevor enjoyed a 3 year Junior Hockey career playing in the BCHL, RMJHL and AJHL. After Junior Hockey Trevor attended the University of British Columbia playing 3 seasons for the Thunderbird Mens Varsity program graduating with a degree in Human Kinetics with a focus in Sports Management and Commerce. Trevor is an avid cyclist and an active member of the UBC Mens Hockey Alumni.

Brent Mutis

Communications Director

Brent joined the British Columbia Hockey League in December 2010 to handle all media services, manage website content and perform editor duties for Smart Hockey Magazine. Brent’s previous experience took him to the Salmon Arm Observer and the Vernon Morning Star where he was a sports, education and news reporter. Prior to that, he was the web broadcaster for Minor League Baseball’s Vancouver Canadians for one season and for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds mens baseball team for three seasons. From Port Coquitlam originally, Brent is a graduate of both the University of British Columbia and of the journalism program at Langara College.


Derek Adams

Officiating Director

Derek became the BCHL Director of Officiating in November 2010 and oversees the league’s officiating program. A former Level 5 official, Derek refereed in the BCHL for 15 seasons before becoming a league supervisor 2003. Derek has also refereeed in the PIJHL, WHL and CIAU (now CIS). He moved to Vancouver from Brandon, Man. in 1986 to attend the University of British Columbia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education. In 1990 Derek joined the Vancouver Police Department where he was a front line patrol officer for 13 years. He became a detective in the Special Investigation Section for six years and is now currently assigned to the VPD Traffic Section. Derek and his wife have two sons and a daughter.

Brad Lazarowich

Officiating Director

Brad is responsible for monitoring, mentoring and developing BCHL referees and linesmen. He handles the scheduling of officials for all BCHL games and he maintains open communication with coaches across the league on all officiating inquiries. One of the longest-serving officials in NHL history, Brad joined the NHL in 1986 and worked 1,971 games before retiring in 2016. He was assigned to three Stanley Cup Finals, highlighted by a Game 7 in 2003 between Anaheim and New Jersey. He also worked the 1996 and 2004 World Cups of hockey, the 1996 NHL All-Star Game in Boston and he spent 16 years in the NHL Officials Association where he played a key role in collective bargaining, officials’ contracts and the NHL Pension Society. Brad joined the BCHL in the 2012-13 season as co-director of officiating while still active as an NHL linesman.

Henrietta Woo

Office Manager

Henrietta joined the British Columbia Hockey League in 2007 and coordinates the office’s accounting operations. A Saskatchewan native, Henrietta moved to the west coast after graduating from Reliance College in Regina. She is married with a son and two daughters, and in her leisure time enjoys painting, gardening and travel.