Concordia announced last week that Patrick Boivin has been hired as the new director of recreation and athletics. That sounds pretty impressive. After all Boivin is a young man.
Boivin duties at Concordia will the strategic development of the department of including all varsity and intramural sports programs.
While this is significant news for Mr. Boivin and perhaps for Concordia, it is not front page news for Montreal, except for two important facts:
• He is the son of former Canadiens president Pierre Boivin
• He was the director of hockey operations for the fabled Canadiens for three years.
As the son of Pierre Boivin, we are guessing, he got the interview. On his strengths as a person and with a Bachelor of Commerce from HEC he got the job. We are assuming he learnt how to use a spreadsheet pretty well at HEC.
The Habs will need someone that is not just hockey savvy but good with a spreadsheet to ensure that they are using their ‘cap’ space properly - that and avoiding boneheaded moves like the acquisition of Gomez and Karberle for way too much money!
It also seems that it is a bit of a changing of the guard for the Canadiens.
Good luck to Boivin and to the Habs.
PS The Habs may be looking for a new director of hockey operations. Boivin oversaw daily team operations including budget management, league affairs, teams and internal business cooperation – not sure what all of that means, but we think you have to be handy with a spreadsheet.