Report: Snee Picked to Lead College Hockey Inc.
CHN Staff Report
Mike Snee has been named the new Executive Director of College Hockey Inc. He will officially assume the new role on Sept. 17.
Snee has been the Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey for the past four years. Prior to that, he spent nine years with the Minnesota Wild as Director of Corporate Sales.
“Mike is a very talented professional with a great passion and love for college hockey,” said Steve Hagwell, Commissioner of ECAC Hockey and Chair of the 10-member Board of Directors of College Hockey, Inc. “He has enjoyed a great amount of success professionally. We look forward to a bright future for College Hockey, Inc. under Mike's leadership.”
Snee is a 1991 graduate of the University of St. Thomas.
“I have followed College Hockey, Inc. closely since its inception and am honored to have this opportunity,” said Snee, a native of Duluth, Minn. “I believe strongly in CHI’s mission.”
College Hockey Inc. has been under an interim director, Nate Ewell, since parting ways with Paul Kelly in February. Ewell, one of a handful of people to interview for the open position, will remain on a Dir. of Communications.
The removal of Kelly created a firestorm that led to a change in the governing structure of CHI. Instead of being overseen solely by the five conference commissioners, it is now the commissioners plus one other representative from each conference, whether it be a coach or other member of the athletic departments at one of the member schools.
“Mike has a tremendous passion for hockey as well as an understanding of the issues and people involved at all levels necessary to succeed,” said Dave Smith, head coach at Canisius, and a member of the Board. “As our executive director, Mike’s previous experiences will be beneficial as he takes the lead for Division I college hockey in discussions with the NHL, NCAA and the current and future landscape of college hockey.”
College Hockey Inc. is the marketing arm for the sport, and is responsible for outreach and education.