The new Canadian International Hockey League has named Randy Blake as its Director of Operations.
Blake has deep Northern Ontario roots.
A North Bay native, Blake started out as a scout for the Nipissing Alouettes of the Greater Metro Jr. Hockey League in 2006.
He then joined the Temiscaming Royals when they moved from GMJHL to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2007.
In 2010, Blake shifted to the North Bay Trappers of the NOJHL as their assistant general manager. He later became general manager as the Trappers won the NOJHL championship in 2012-2013.
When the North Bay franchise moved to Espanola to become the Rivermen for the 2013-2014 campaign, Blake went with them as general manager.
As Director of Operations for the CIHL, Blake will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the new league.
“I am happy to be involved in the CIHL and providing young athletes here in Northern Ontario and others world-wide with another option,” Blake stated. “The CIHL will be about moving kids on to the next level.”
Blake added that, “I have been involved in hockey now for quite some time and have made some great contacts in Canada and the United States, which will help us bring in some good quality students of the game and help the CIHL grow at the same time into one of the best junior hockey leagues on this side of the big pond.”