Atlantic Hockey's DeGregorio Gets Extension
CHN Staff Report
HAVERHILL, Mass. Bill Bellerose, Chair of the Atlantic Hockey Executive Committee and Associate Athletic Director at Holy Cross, announced today that Bob DeGregorio has signed a three-year contract extension to remain as Commissioner of the Atlantic Hockey Association through 2013.
“We are extremely fortunate and please to continue to have him lead this league,” Bellerose said. “He has guided us through two expansions and contiunes to improve the visibility of Atlantic Hockey both regionally and nationally.”
DeGregorio has led Atlantic Hockey since its formation starting with the 2003-04 season. The 2010-11 season will
mark another milestone for Atlantic Hockey, as the league will grow to 12 institutions with the inclusion of Niagara and Robert Morris. Those two join Air Force, American International, Army, Bentley, Canisius, Connecticut, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst, RIT and Sacred Heart.
“Bob has been the cornerstone of Atlantic Hockey and continues to lead this league to new heights,” adds Bellerose. “His work ethic for our member institutions is unpararelled.”
During DeGregorio’s tenure as Commissioner the league has had three different teams qualify for the NCAA tournament. Holy Cross, which has won two Atlatntic Hockey tournament titles, won the first-ever NCAA tournament game for Atlantic Hockey with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota in 2006. Air Force, a three-time Atlantic Hockey tournament champion, picked up the league’s second NCAA tournament win with a 2-0 victory over Michigan last season.
DeGregorio, the former Merrimack athletic director and part-time Hockey East commissioner, was also instrumental in moving the conference tournament to a neutral site venue, Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., for the last three years, and for the 2010 Championship.