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August 2, 2012
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HOCKEY EAST EXTENDS COMMISSIONER JOE BERTAGNA'S CONTRACT
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Commissioner Joe Bertagna's contract has been extended through the 2014-15 season.

Wakefield, Mass. - Hockey East athletic directors have 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 University Athletic Director Peter Roby.

Bertagna and his staff led Hockey East through a remarkably successful 2011-12 season, highlighted by announcements that the conference would expand from 10 member institutions to 12, with the additions of the University of Notre Dame (2013-14) and the University of Connecticut (2014-15). Under Bertagna's leadership, the conference previously secured the membership of the University of Vermont back in 2005.

The 2011-12 season began with the completion of successful negotiations with three television networks for multiyear contracts: NESN, NBC College Sports and CBS College Sports. The conference also sold out Fenway Park in the second "Frozen Fenway" event, a January doubleheader.

"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."

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 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). He came to Hockey East in the summer of 1997 and has enjoyed success as the conference has become the nation's leader, winning four of the last five national championships, including Boston College's victory this past April. He has also served as the Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association since 1991, the only person to hold that position.

Bertagna has also plays a key leadership role with the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) and College Hockey, Inc., the marketing and educational organization created by the HCA in 2009 through a grant negotiated with USA Hockey and the National Hockey League.

A former goaltender in the Harvard University Class of 1973, Bertagna has also made his mark as a coach of goaltenders of all ages. 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. His former pupils include Stanley Cup winner Mike Richter of the New York Rangers, number one draft pick Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, and twotime NCAA champion John Muse of Boston College. He will celebrate his 40th year of coaching goaltenders in 2013.

When the current extension expires, Bertagna will have served 18 years as Hockey East commissioner, or five years longer than all the previous commissioners combined.

Bertagna currently resides in Gloucester, Mass. with his wife Kathy and three children, Bobby, Joey and Grace.

FOR TRANSACTIONS: HOCKEY EAST: Hockey East Association extended the contract of Commissioner Joe Bertagna through the 2014-15 season.

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