Home is where the heart is.
Growing up Jeff Chynoweth spent part of his childhood Calgary, and now after spending time as the Kootenay ICE general manager for 16 years, comes back home to become the new GM of the Hitmen.
“I tell everyone my last job outside of the WHL was for the Calgary Flames as the stick boy for the visitors from 1981-86, that’s that last time I’ve lived in Calgary,” Chynoweth said. “Now I get the opportunity to come back 31 years later and come back home. It’s exciting for me and my family.”
After the Chynoweth family sold the ICE this past year, the son of the late Ed Chynoweth was unsure what was next for him in his career, until Hitmen Vice-President and Alternate Governor Mike Moore approached him about joining the Hitmen.
Both men knew each other well and being able to work with someone that Chynoweth has known for years was hard to pass up.
“I wasn’t looking to get back to it, it’s been a long ride,” Chynoweth. “Although when Mike approached me about it, it didn’t take long for me to answer. It made sense for me and my family and I’m just overjoyed about it. First and foremost it was Mike Moore. I have a great relationship with Mike and have respected what he has done; it made it more appealing. He was the first reason why and got my attention.”
Chynoweth said being a part of the organization comes with the expectation of being successful every year, which he plans to continue.
“I look at the Hitmen and I see an organization that is successful year in and year out,” Chynoweth said. “It doesn’t matter whose coaching or who the GM is, to me this is a successful organization. There’s a lot of work to be done and I can’t wait to work with Dallas Ferguson and Dallas Thompson and it starts now.”
Chynoweth said he and the club’s new staff will focus on the fundamentals of the game and how to be successful.
“It’s the game of hockey, that doesn’t change,” Chynoweth said. “The kids play hockey and they do that very well to play at this level. I think for them they’re going to get a chance. It’s a clean start for everyone, not just for Dallas as the coach or myself as the general manager, but for the players. As a player it’ll be just do what you do.”
At the end of the day, the new general manager is filled with joy and excitement to come back home.
“I am thrilled to be working in Calgary and with one of the premier organizations in the entire CHL and an organization I’ve always looked up to. It’s a dream job and I can’t wait to get started.”