CJHL Q&A: MHL President, Troy Dumville

CALGARY, Alta. As the new president of the Maritime Junior Hockey League, Troy Dumville has hit the ground in full stride and has actively involved in preparation for the start of the 2022-23 season.

Working alongside the MHL’s 12-member clubs, Dumville is no stranger to the league.

Having held numerous positions with MHL teams over the years, he has been involved in many capacities, including an owner, general manager and head coach.

Dumville has also has extensive experience eyeing talent in the league, working with NHL Central Scouting, as a regional scout, from 2012 through 2019 and has served as an amateur scout ever since with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Six weeks into his role with the MHL, Dumville offers some insight in his new position in this Canadian Junior Hockey League Q&A.

CJHL: How are the early days of MHL president coming along?

TROY DUMVILLE: So far so good. It’s been a busy first month, or so.

We’ve held our annual general meeting, just completed our entry draft and completed a sale of the Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners franchise.

We have also announced our 2022-23 regular season schedule, held a territorial draft, have seen a number of extremely qualified coaches join teams as well as seen our ever-growing player advancement list continue to expand.

I’ve certainly been impressed with the positives and the strength of the franchises in the league.

CJHL: What made you decide you were interested in the position of MHL president?

TD: I have always believed in this league. After spending the past three years in the west, I realize we sell ourselves short, at times, in the MHL.

We have a quality league, in the 12 great communities around the Maritimes.

I feel like I have the passion and energy now to work hard to take the league to next level.

CJHL: What are a couple of your key tasks you’d like to get accomplished heading into the 2022-23 season?

TD: Coming out of two COVID-impacted seasons, I would like to see us have a solid stable season with fans back in our arenas.

I have a number of projects, on the hockey operations and branding side, to announce as we move forward.

I’m excited to get into the role of MHL president further.

CJHL: Do you have any future goals in mind for the MHL?

TD: My goal is to see the MHL be one of the preferred destinations for junior aged players in and out of the Maritimes.

There are many different paths to get to the next level, in your hockey development, and I would like to see more players choosing the MHL.

CJHL: As someone who has extensive background with the league previously, what are some of your personal highlights of your earlier time in the MHL?

TD: My last season in the league I was GM of the league champion Dieppe Commandos.

It was a great to end my career in coaching and managing.

Also, losing in double overtime to Summerside in the 2009 Fred Page Cup final still haunts me today.

I have had lots of great memories in this league and look forward to many more.

With files from James Faulkner, Director of Communications (MHL)

Photo courtesy MHL