Report: Robertson to be named new WCHA commissioner today

MARQUETTE – Former Minnesota Wild Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting Bill Robertson is set to become the next commissioner of the WCHA, according to a report Monday by the Minneapolis-based hockey publication, “Let’s Play Hockey.”

The WCHA will announce its next commissioner during a press conference at 1:30 p.m. ET today at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. – the site of the 2015 and 2017 WCHA Final Five.

Robertson, 53, was one of the Wild’s first employees when he was hired in 1998, starting with the organization before it even played an NHL game. With the Wild and the franchise’s parent company, Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, Robertson was responsible for media and community relations, publications and broadcasting. He left the organization in the summer of 2011 and now works as a communications consultant in the Twin Cities.

Prior to joining the Wild, Robertson was the director of communications for the expansion Walt Disney-owned Anaheim Mighty Ducks (now just known as the Ducks) and later added the California Angels to his duties when Disney purchased the MLB team in 1996. Northern Michigan University head coach Walt Kyle was an assistant coach with the Ducks during Robertson’s final two years with Disney from 1996-98.

Robertson, a native of St. Paul, Minn., who played baseball and soccer in high school, began his communications career with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989. He has a degree from California State University-Fullerton in Speech Communication.

Current WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod is retiring after 20 seasons on June 30, having led the league since 1994.