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NAHL accepting applications for Kim Cannon Internship

January 15, 2023

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Kim Cannon Internship for the 2023-24 season. The Kim Cannon Internship was established in 2021 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.

Candidates for the Kim Cannon internship should be recent college graduate, be able to relocate to the Dallas, Texas, area and represent the high ideals characterized by Kim. It is a 12-month internship that begins August 1, 2023, and ends on July 31, 2024, and a monthly stipend will be provided. The recipient of the Kim Cannon Internship will be chosen by a committee that includes representatives from the North American Hockey League.

The position places a strong emphasis on introducing the intern to all aspects of NAHL league operations and administration. Applications are currently being accepted until February 15, 2023. To apply for the position or learn more, please click here.

“The Kim Cannon internship is an annual commitment by myself and the wonderful owners of the NAHL to ensure Kim’s legacy can live on and that we can honor her memory and give somebody an opportunity to make an impact on the hockey world and the lives of others in such a positive way that Kim did,” stated Cooper.

“The Kim Cannon Internship is a way for the NAHL to provide an opportunity annually to someone who shares the same type of passion and drive that Kim displayed when she was working within the NAHL,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “The Kim Cannon Intern will gain valuable experience working with our family of leagues that they can then use that as a steppingstone and building block to continue their careers.”

Back in 2003, Kim joined the NAHL’s Texarkana Bandits as a bright-eyed 19-year-old willing do to do whatever it took to help the organization. Working alongside the Bandits head coach Jon Cooper at the time, she advanced from selling merchandise out of a shed to being the Bandits Director of Team Operations, guiding the organization through a relocation and rebrand to become the St. Louis Bandits. It was in St. Louis that Kim was part of a team that won three straight Robertson Cup Championships, including two with Cooper before his departure in 2008.

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