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NAHL names Hunter McHaffey as first Kim Cannon intern

August 13, 2021

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce that Hunter McHaffey has been selected as the first recipient of the Kim Cannon Internship.

The Kim Cannon Internship was established back on June 2nd by the NAHL, in cooperation with Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach and former NAHL head coach Jon Cooper and is intended for a recent college graduate interested in pursuing a career in sports.

It is named for a former employee of an NAHL team named Kim Cannon. Back on September 9, 2020, Cannon was involved in an automobile accident which tragically took her life at the age of 35.

“It is truly an honor to be the first recipient of the Kim Cannon Internship. I’m very excited to have this opportunity and look forward to being a part of the North American Hockey League. I’m looking forward to getting started and meeting so many new people to learn from. I hope to gain more knowledge and experience in the operations of a hockey league, its member teams, and junior hockey as a whole,” stated McHaffey.

McHaffey, who is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was selected among dozens of applicants. She is a 2020 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in Sport Leadership and Management. During her time at Miami, McHaffey served as a team manager for the Men’s Ice Hockey and Women’s Field Hockey Teams, in addition to also working with the Football and Baseball teams. She also has served as a volunteer for USA Softball.

“We were very impressed with Hunter’s resume, experience, attitude, and demeanor during the interview process. It is clear she is a very motivated individual who has a passion for sports, and more specifically hockey,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “We are excited for her to get started later this month and look forward to having her as a part of our staff.

“I would like to congratulate Hunter on being named the first recipient of the Kim Cannon Internship. The North American Hockey League has proven to be a great place to develop, grow, and gain valuable experience, and that not only goes for players and coaches, but staff members as well. Kim Cannon got her start in the NAHL and made a difference to go onto do bigger and better things and I am confident that Hunter will follow the same type of path this season. I wish her good luck and will be following her progress with the NAHL,” said Jon Cooper, head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

McHaffey is relocating to the Dallas, Texas, area and will begin her internship on August 18th.

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