Hockey East Extends Bertagna's Contract
CHN Staff Report
WAKEFIELD, Mass. Hockey East has extended the contract of commissioner Joe Bertagna an extra year, bringing him under contract through the 2014-15 season. Bertagna, who is starting his 16th season with Hockey East, is the longest serving commissioner in conference history.
“My colleagues and I are excited to know that Hockey East will have Joe’s leadership for many years to come. He has helped us orchestrate our expansion strategy with incredible results while also supporting our existing membership in a first class fashion,” said Executive Committee Chair and Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby.
Bertagna recently has overseen the expansion of Hockey East to include Notre Dame and Connecticut, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The 2011-12 also included the completion of negotiations with three television networks for multi-year contracts: NESN, NBC College Sports and CBS College Sports.
“I appreciate the vote of confidence the directors have bestowed upon me with this extension,” said Bertagna. “I believe it reflects an appreciation for what the entire staff accomplished this past season.”
The move is significant because Bertagna had come under fire in some circles for his handling of College Hockey Inc., and the dismissal of Paul Kelly in February. Bertagna, as a member of the Hockey Commissioners Association, oversees College Hockey Inc., the marketing arm of college hockey. The oversight role over CHI has recently been expanded to include representatives from five schools across the five conferences.
A native of Arlington, Massachusetts, Bertagna has spent the last 30 years working at the hockey conference level, starting with a 15-year tenure with the ECAC. He came to Hockey East in the summer of 1997. He has also served as the Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association since 1991, the only person to hold that position.
A former goaltender at Harvard, Bertagna was also the goalie coach for the Boston Bruins from 1986-1991 and for the 1994 U.S. Olympic Team. Bertagna recently began his 39th summer of goalie clinics in the Boston area.