Duane was named the Commissioner of the CHL in June/2008 and has had extensive experience in the administrative side of professional hockey, working in the National Hockey Leagues Officiating, Central Scouting and Public Relations departments during his four years of University. Duane became Manager of Hockey Operations for the Western Professional Hockey League in May of 1997, became Director of Hockey Operations in June of 2000, and was named Vice President, Operations in September of 2002. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations in the CHL.
Duane has been involved with hockey since childhood, playing in his hometown of Georgetown, Ontario. He played three years of junior hockey with the Georgetown Raiders prior to attending university. He graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with an Honors Degree in economics and a minor in Sports Administration. While at Laurentian, he played varsity hockey for four years before taking the opportunity to play professionally with the Western Professional Hockey Leagues New Mexico Scorpions and Amarillo Rattlers.
Duane resides in Peoria, Arizona with his wife, Kim and daughter, Emerson.