Talk Today podcast interviews OHL’s David Branch

As the Talk Today program enters its 10th season of supporting junior hockey, a new episode of the Talk Today podcast features an interview with Ontario Hockey League (OHL) commissioner David Branch.

OHL commissioner since 1979, Branch was instrumental in the inception of the Talk Today program in the OHL in 2014, and as the president of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) from 1996-2016, stewarded the expansion of Talk Today across the CHL into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. In recognition of his leadership in junior hockey, Branch was a recipient of the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2016.

In this episode of the Talk Today podcast, hosts Alex Salomie and Justin Dickie ask Branch about his 44 years as commissioner of the OHL, the supports in place for players in the league, and the importance of the Talk Today program.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

The Talk Today podcast aims to spread mental health awareness in sports through conversations with athletes and others in the sports community who are passionate about mental health. Find the Talk Today podcast on your favourite podcast player here.

Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. Launched by CMHA Ontario in partnership with the OHL in 2014, Talk Today promotes the mental health of young athletes and spreads awareness of mental health throughout communities nationwide. Partnerships include the CHL, Canadian Junior Hockey League, Taekwondo Canada and other amateur sports organizations across Canada. Learn more at