Brock University gets a chance to brag about how well one of its graduates has done

By Staff

June 2nd, 2023



This is a sports story but not local sports.

It is a press release from Brock University that is in the process of becoming a part of the Burlington family. Students who will eventually attend classes at the former Bateman High School; they are currently attending classes at the former Lester B. Pearson High School.

Kyle Dubas now President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Not really local but interesting nevertheless. The Maple Leaf organization announced that Kyle Dubas was leaving the organization. The very next day Brock University announces that one of their graduates is to receive an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to the world of sports.

The press release went like this:

“It has been more than 15 years since Dubas crossed the stage to receive his Bachelor of Sport Management at his own Brock Convocation. He has since established himself as a national sports leader.

“On Thursday, June 1, Dubas was named President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He will oversee all aspects of the team’s hockey operations department, including establishing the strategic vision and philosophy for the franchise.

“Prior to joining Pittsburgh, the Brock graduate spent nearly 10 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“Dubas began his time with the Leafs in 2014 as Assistant General Manager. In the role, he oversaw the organization’s top prospects as General Manager of the Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, leading the franchise to its first-ever Calder Cup title in 2018.

“In May 2018, Dubas, who has become known for his forward-thinking approach to analytics in hockey, was named the Leafs General Manager. He spent five seasons in the role, which concluded this May.

“Before his time in Toronto, Dubas served as General Manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League from 2011 to 2014.

It was a loss that sent the players to the golf course; the coach moved along the QEW and landed at Brock where he is to be given an Honorary Doctorate before he continues his journey to Pittsburgh where he will become the President of Hockey Operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

“In 2015, he was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the sports industry’s brightest young stars in its annual Top 30 Under 30 in Sports list. He was also honoured that same year with Brock’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award.”

Makes you wonder if the Leaf’s ownership made the right decision doesn’t it.

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