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WHL to name Near as next league commissioner on Thursday

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It appears the Western Hockey League has found a new commissioner. 

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the WHL is expected to name Dan Near as the successor for longtime commissioner Ron Robison on Thursday. 

Near is a global executive for Adidas and is a familiar name in all hockey circles, says Dreger. 

Robinson, 68, was named WHL commissioner in September of 2000. He announced in June that he would be stepping down from his role at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.