Chris Hebb – Chief Executive Officer
Chris joined the BCHL in June 2018. From 2006 to 2013 he was the Senior Vice President of Content and Communications for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment in Toronto. Hebb oversaw all broadcast and digital properties for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. Before joining MLSE, Hebb spent 11 years with Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Vancouver Canucks, the Vancouver Grizzlies and General Motors Place. In that role, he launched the Canucks first website and streamed some of the first NHL games to ever be viewed online. Originally from Prince Rupert, B.C., Chris is graduate of the University of Victoria where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, winning a national title in 1980.
Steven Cocker – Commissioner
Steven joined the BCHL in June 2019. He also formerly served as an amateur scout for the Buffalo Sabres from 2017 to 2020. Steven is not new to the BCHL as he was previously the Assistant General Manager with the Penticton Vees from 2015 to 2019, winning a Fred Page Cup in his tenure. Originally from Orangeville, Ont., he holds a Bachelor of Sport Management from Haaga-Helia University in Finland where he worked with organizations such as the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, Lahti Pelicans and Zurich Lions. Steven is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Brad Lazarowich – Vice President of Hockey Operations
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. He is also head of the league’s Department of Player Safety. 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 World Cup of hockey in 1996 and 2004, 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.
Jesse Adamson – Director of Communications and Events
Jesse started with the BCHL as an intern in 2014 and continued doing freelance work for the league’s website and magazine up until 2018 when he was brought on as a part-time employee. He transitioned into the full-time head of the communications department in July of 2019. Jesse has a background in journalism having earned his diploma from Langara College in Vancouver. He has experience working in communications and public-relations roles for several different outlets, including political campaigns, organizations in the senior’s care sector and other small businesses across B.C. He has been involved in sports for most of his life, having played hockey and lacrosse competitively since the age of five.
Mario Galea – Coordinator of Finance
Mario has been an accountant dating back to 2001 and has worked for various companies, including Chantelle Management in Langley, Specialty Care Inc. in Toronto and Pico of Canada in Burnaby. He received his accounting education and training at the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia. He joined the BC Hockey League in August of 2022 and is responsible for managing the finances of league.
Sean Robertson – Coordinator of Hockey Operations
Sean is a former BCHL defenceman, playing for the Victoria Grizzlies and Vernon Vipers from 2007 to 2012. Born in Victoria and raised in Cobble Hill, B.C., he grew up playing his minor hockey on Vancouver Island and watching the BCHL throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. After his time in the league, Robertson went on to play NCAA Division I hockey for Merrimack College. After three years, Sean graduated with honours with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, then continued on to the University of Guelph to further his studies and play for the men’s hockey team for one year. He would go on to play another five years of professional hockey throughout North America and Europe before retiring in 2020. He now joins the BCHL office to look after the league’s hockey operations and assist with the Department of Player Safety.
Alex Waddington – Manager of Events
As the Manager of Events, Alex will oversee the planning and execution of the league’s Seattle Showcase, the All-Star Weekend in Penticton, as well as the BCHL Road Show event. She is very familiar with the league, having worked as the Penticton Vees Director of Business Development from 2018 to 2021. From 2015 to 2017, Waddington worked for the Vancouver Canucks as an Account Executive. Most recently, she worked for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice as the Manager of Events and Sponsorship, gaining valuable event planning experience. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University in 2014.
Matt Lawson – Communications Coordinator
Matt is a nationally-awarded content producer whose experience in the BCHL goes back to 2021 when he worked with the Coquitlam Express and then the Surrey Eagles. Following his graduation from BCIT’s Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2019, he has developed a diverse skillset in writing, graphic design, videography, photography and editing. Matt played competitive hockey growing up and is thrilled to be working in the sport that he loves.
Dr. Tin Jacinovic – Sports Medicine Physician
Dr. Tin Jasinovic is a primary care physician based out of BC’s Thompson Okanagan region. Dr. Jasinovic’s interests are based on his considerable sports background, and include sport medicine, exercise prescription, and focused lifestyle treatments for the management of chronic disease. The University of British Columbia awarded Dr. Jasinovic a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine and he concurrently obtained auxiliary training in ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal operations. Dr. Jasinovic recognizes that developing an individualized, research-based treatment plan for each patient requires a thorough grasp of their preferences and environment.
In addition to having 12 concussion-related papers published, his clinical practice entails ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal operations using the most recent regenerative medicine techniques, trigger point therapy for myofascial pain, and the treating of a variety of acute and chronic sports-related injuries. Dr. Jasinovic has provided medical care for the Curling Canada 2021 tournament bubble, UBC varsity athletics, UBC Okanagan varsity athletics, and the Arts Umbrella Professional Training Program.
Dr. Jasinovic will act as the BCHL’s Sports Medicine Physician starting in 2023-24, leading the league’s Enhanced Care concussion services through its partnership with HEADCHECK Health.
Monique MacKinnon – Safe Sport Officer
Monique will fill the volunteer position of Safe Sport Officer as part of the league’s Abuse, Harassment and Discrimination Policy that was passed by the Board of Governors in May. She will be on call for all BCHL athletes who wish to report an incident and will act independently from the league and its teams. In addition to taking medical courses related to pain management, prescription drug use and brain health, MacKinnon received training at the U.S. Center for SafeSport, as well as training through Respect Group. MacKinnon graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Ottawa. She is currently a Leadership, Employee Management, Workplace Culture and Change Specialist that has over 30 years of experience as an international speaker, consultant and coach. MacKinnon also recently completed Trauma Informed Practice Training Level 3.