GOJHL unveils new commissioner

The new GOJHL league logo. (Provided by GOJHL)

The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League has a new commissioner.

In a release on April 6th, the GOJHL announced that Brent Garbutt will assume the role of League Commissioner as of April 12th. Garbutt has had a long history in the junior hockey world, most recently serving as the Manager of Sport for Ontario University Athletics, and he currently works as a Video Coordinator in the National Hockey League’s NHL Situation Room in Toronto. Garbutt also served previously as the OJHL’s Manager of Hockey Administration in 2011 before being promoted to Director of Hockey Operations. He has also previously served twice as Team Canada East’s Director of Operations at the 2014 and 2016 World Jr. A Challenge.

Garbutt earned his Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University’s in the Commerce in Sports Administration program in 2008. Garbutt is a native of Nepean, Ontario, and first got involved in the industry working for the Ottawa Senators in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, and then interned with NHL Central Scouting in 2007. He also served as the ECHL’s Manager of Hockey Operations in 2009. Garbutt now resides in Burlington, Ontario.

“With Brent Garbutt’s expertise and drive, the GOJHL will continue to support player development and act as a vital source of opportunity and growth for young players,” says Scott Miller, GOJHL Chairman. “We are highly confident in Brent’s ability to navigate the needs of the League and provide integral solutions and innovations. I look forward to working with him moving forward.”

“I am honoured and thrilled for the opportunity and trust the GOJHL Board of Directors has afforded me,” Garbutt says. “The GOJHL is a tremendous league with a great product, a vast alumni network and very talented players, coaches and staff. I am very excited to work with Scott Miller and the rest of the Board along with all other League Governors in further building the GOJHL brand and executing the GOJHL’s vision.”