WINNIPEG — After 18 years with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, commissioner Kim Davis will step down this summer.
The hockey veteran will end his time with the league at the end of June, making way for new leadership to drive the future of the MJHL.
Davis has held the role of commissioner since being hired in the 2002-03 season. A native of Flin Flon, Manitoba, Davis was selected in both the NHL and WHA Amateur drafts in 1977 (NHL — Pittsburgh 48th overall, WHA — Edmonton 24th overall).
The league’s board of directors has selected current director of operations, Kevin Saurette, to take over as the next commissioner of the MJHL. Saurette is in his fifth season with the MJHL.
Saurette, a Brandon native, had previously enjoyed a nine-year professional playing career in the ECHL, AHL as well as overseas in Germany and the United Kingdom. After a junior career in the Western Hockey League, Saurette played five seasons with the University of Manitoba Bisons and was eventually named captain.
A recruitment process will begin in February to appoint a new director of operations, along with a new full-time staff role to manage league marketing and partnerships.