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Cliff Mander
CEO / Player Agent

Cliff Mander: CEO of CKM Sports Management

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I’ve had a desire to work in the sports management industry for a long time. My hockey background began with gradual success as I played for the North Shore rep team participating in the North American Roller Hockey Championships. As my desire for roller hockey grew I started contacting other rep teams both in the US and worldwide. As a result, I was able to team up with programs in Colorado, San Jose, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.

2017 Venture Prize Competition: SFU Alumni Award

The experience provided me with an opportunity to play for the Canadian National Roller Hockey Team and participate in the 2005 Pan American Championships in Argentina. Upon returning to Vancouver I was contacted by a program out of New Zealand and was offered a season roster spot. In 2006 I had the pleasure of playing and winning a New Zealand National Championship with the Rimutaka Renegades. During that time I also played minor football for the Westside Warriors program in the Vancouver Mainland Football League and ultimately playing for the Carson Graham Eagles in the BC High School Football League. While at Carson Graham we had the success of a Provincial Championship in 2002.

Taking Sports to a Professional Level

Since returning to Vancouver I have focused on my business career and attained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. My desire to work in the sports management industry has progressed with the creation of CKM Sports Management.  In November of 2012 the company was named runner up for SFU Entrepreneur of the Year.

PHPA Agent Program Member

CKM Sports currently represents players in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, and overseas. In May 2017 SportWork Connect was launched in partnership with Elite Prospects and the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs; a technology that allows players and teams to communicate, evaluate, and complete the professional contract process.

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James Haddad
Player Agent / Advisor

James Haddad: Western Canada Agent and Family Advisor

James joins CKM Sports Management having completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of British Columbia. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, James moved out to Vancouver after receiving a scholarship to play football at UBC.

Growing up James played a wide range of sports, including hockey, many at a very high level, several of which were at a provincial level. These experiences gave him an inside perspective on the wants and needs of high-level athletes at the high school level. His high-performance athletic career continued at UBC where James competed against the best varsity football players in the country for five years, many of whom went on to play professionally in the CFL and NFL. These experiences have given him the knowledge of what it takes to compete at a high level and how to balance those demands with academic responsibilities.

UBC LogoRequiring two knee surgeries while only in university, James’ football career came to a premature end after his last game at UBC. Moving into the professional ranks after college, James has stayed close to the world of sports and had been looking for a way to get closer to young athletes looking for an edge as they pursue their careers.

Working for CKM Sports Management gives James the opportunity to work closely with elite young talent and to use his skills and experiences to help them achieve their ultimate goal of playing professional hockey.

Client Testimonial

“In the short time our family has worked with James and CKM, our son received an immense amount of interest from various Division I schools across the U.S. In February our son received a full-ride Division I scholarship to a US University for the 2017-2018 season. Without James and CKM Sports, our son wouldn’t be where he is today. Since our son committed and signed his letter of intent, James has remained in contact and made the transition and the paperwork that comes with it as easy as possible. Our experience with James and CKM has been everything we had hoped for and expected out of a family advisor. I would highly recommend working with James and CKM Sports as our experience has been exactly what we hoped it would be.”

Interview with James Haddad: BC Agent and Family Advisor

Mark Prest
Player Agent / International Specialist

Mark is a Vancouver native who grew up in Delta B.C. He studied economics and business at the University of Victoria and proceeded to work in a fast paced environment, assuring client comfort in the financial industry.

A former university hockey player and passionate about the game, the move to CKM Sports was a natural fit. Having been through the hockey process Mark understands the support that players and their families require to take steps to the next level.

In what spare time he has, Mark enjoys playing golf, hiking and time with his family.

Of recent Mark has become PHPA and Liiga (Finnish Elite League Certified) representing players in North America and Internationally via CKM SportWork Connect.

Jace Anderson
Player Support

Jace Anderson is the Central Canadian scout for CKM Sports based out of Saskatoon, SK. After spending time with the Saskatoon Blades and the International Scouting Service, Jace joined CKM Sports with a wealth of knowledge the focus areas of player development and sponsorship. Born and raised in the hockey town of Flin Flon, MB, Jace has seen first hand the drive and determination needed to make the jump to the next level. He is excited to be with CKM and is looking forward to assisting in the development of making Good Players Great!

Lee Goren
Pro Consultant

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba my first pair of shoes had blades on them. In 1995, I left home at the age of 17 to play junior hockey with the Minot Top Guns of the SJHL. While playing for the Top Guns, the University of North Dakota offered me a hockey scholarship. For the next four years, I attended the University and played Division I varsity hockey. Our team won 2 NCAA championships, 3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships, and 2 McNaughton Cups. In my senior year, I lead all Division I NCAA players in goals scored (34), was named the MVP of the Frozen Four, and was selected as an All-American. I graduated with honors from the University of North Dakota and was designated as North Dakota’s male athlete of the year.

It was after my freshman year at UND, that the Boston Bruins drafted me in the 3rd round of the NHL entry draft.  Following my graduation in 2000, and our second National Championship season, I signed my first professional contract with the Bruins. During the seven seasons that followed, I played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, and Vancouver Canucks.  During that time I also played in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins, San Antonio Rampage and the Manitoba Moose.

 

University_of_North_Dakota_logo_-_interlocking_ND.svgThe next 6 years were spent in Europe playing in the top divisions in Sweden (SHL), Switzerland (NLA), Finland (SM-Liiga) and Germany (DEL).  Having played over 900 professional hockey games in 13 seasons, I retired from hockey in May of 2013.

 

My playing career became a coaching career.  First as an assistant coach at St. Olaf College for the 2013-2014 season and then in my current position as the Vice President of Hockey Operations and the U18 Head Hockey Coach for the B.E. Emerson Prep Academy in North St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hockey and family are my lifelong passions. They provide direction and purpose to my life. Many of my most significant professional and personal associations are within the hockey community. My wife, Angie, and I were married in July 2001. We have 2 sons that share my passion for hockey, Oliver (2007) and Lincoln (2010).