Zach Hodder to lead WHL Player Development & Recruitment Programs
Calgary, Alta. – Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison announced today that Zach Hodder has joined the WHL Office as Manager, Player Development. In his new role, Hodder will be responsible to lead the WHL player recruitment and development programs.
“My goal when I started university and took advantage of the WHL Scholarship program was to work in hockey,” Hodder said. “I feel very fortunate to be assuming this position with the WHL. I’m excited to work with WHL prospects, their families and the hockey organizations across Canada and the United States.”
A 25-year-old native of North Delta, B.C., Hodder will be responsible for managing player development and recruitment initiatives across Western Canada and the United States. He will also strive to enhance working relationships with regional governing bodies such as BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba. Key within Hodder’s role will be coordinating prospect development camps, complete with player/parent information sessions.
“We are very pleased to have Zach join the WHL staff,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “As a WHL graduate player who has utilized his WHL Scholarship, we feel Zach is ideally suited to manage our player development and recruitment programs. We are confident his background in communications will allow him to deliver key messages to young prospects on the benefits of playing in the WHL.”
Hodder is a WHL graduate, having previously played parts of five WHL seasons with the Vancouver Giants, Saskatoon Blades, Prince Albert Raiders, Medicine Hat Tigers and Moose Jaw Warriors before moving on to access his WHL Scholarship.
Prior to his appointment with the WHL, Hodder graduated with distinction from the BCIT Radio Arts & Entertainment program in 2017 before completing his Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University in 2018.
Hodder previously served as a communications intern with the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer before moving on to work as a technical specialist in radio for Rogers Communications.
Selected by the Vancouver Giants in the first round (20th) of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, Hodder played minor hockey in North Delta before attending Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Sask., where he won the 2009 Telus Cup.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.