Staff
KATHY WYNTERS - ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER

Kathy Wynters is entering her 11th season as Associate Commissioner, 22nd year overall with the conference. As Joe Bertagna's chief assistant, her primary responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of both the men's and women's leagues, along with the administration of the two championship tournaments, and special events like Frozen Fenway. She served as Tournament Manager of the 2015 Frozen Four, and oversees both the Hockey East licensing and sponsorship programs. Prior to her promotion, Wynters served Hockey East as Director of Marketing and Special Events from 2001-06.

Wynters was the driving force behind the creation of the "Road to the TD Garden" Tour, the Hockey East Kids Club, and "Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer" initiative. After ten seasons, the Skating Strides program has raised nearly $300,000 for grass roots breast cancer initiatives, while at the same time increased attendance at women's hockey games and gave the student-athletes the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they study and play hockey. The Skating Strides program was recognized in May 2016 as a "100 Everyday Amazing" recipient. Sponsored by Mass General Hospital, this international award program honors individuals and groups — caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and volunteers from around the globe — whose commitment to the fight against cancer is inspirational.

A native of Quincy, MA, the former Kathy Walsh earned a B.S. degree in marketing from Providence College in 1982. She began her career while an undergraduate, as a three-year intern with the men's hockey team. Following graduation, she served the Friars in two capacities; first as Assistant Sports Information Director (primary men's hockey contact) and then as Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Marketing. While at PC, and before Hockey East had a full-time staff, Wynters worked with former PC athletic director, and then Commissioner, Lou Lamoriello on the launch of the conference in 1983, and then coordinated the first three Hockey East championship tournaments (1985-87). She also served as Tournament Director for the 1986 NCAA Men's Frozen Four at the Providence Civic Center, co-hosted by Brown and Providence College.

In 1988, Wynters left her position at PC and moved over to Hockey East on a full-time basis, where she served the conference as Assistant Commissioner during the late 80's and early 90's, before going on to work for the New Jersey Devils in the NHL, spending three years as a Marketing Director, coordinating licensing and souvenir merchandising. Among her earlier accomplishments at Hockey East, Wynters worked with Joe Bertagna in coordinating the first and only "Hockeyfest" events, combining the ECAC and Hockey East championships into single weekend events from 1989-91.

Kathy and her husband Chuck (a retired on-ice official for Hockey East), reside in Waltham, MA. They have two grown children: daughter Annie (24), is a high school history/special education teacher, and son C.J. (23), is a certified athletic trainer (ATC).


BRIAN SMITH - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Smith enters his third season as Director of Communications with the Hockey East Association. In this role, he is responsible for all marketing and public and media relations efforts from the league office. In his first two years with Hockey East, Smith has revitalized the digital presence of Hockey East, revamping the league website and social media channels to be the most heavily followed accounts in college hockey.

Prior to joining the conference in July 2014, Smith spent two years with USA Hockey as the Brian Fishman Intern. Dividing his time with USA Hockey between the national office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Smith traveled extensively while assisting at numerous international tournaments with the U.S. National Teams. While with the NTDP, Smith served as the main media contact and managed both the U.S. National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams. Additionally, Smith played an integral role in the execution of the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.

Smith has also spent time working with the Boston Bruins and New England Revolution in various roles. A former high school hockey player at Woburn Memorial High School, Smith is a 2012 graduate of Boston College where he earned four varsity letters while competing as a member of the men's track and field team within the Atlantic Coast Conference. Smith resides in Charlestown, Massachusetts.



GEOFF DION - GRADUATE Intern

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Dion will primarily be working with the Women's Hockey East Association and American Hockey Coaches' Association. Dion graduated from Merrimack with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Sport Management and Marketing.

He was active on campus in several different areas, including serving as a Building Manager for the Merrimack Athletics Complex. A large part of his responsibilities included overseeing the arena for hockey games. He was the President for Merrimack's Sport Management Club and he volunteered with Hockey East at the Women's and Men's Championships in 2016.

Dion has worked at Gillette Stadium, handling a variety of on-field activities during New England Patriots games as well as assisting with other stadium events such as Copa America Centenario. From 2011 to 2015 he was employed by the Pawtucket Red Sox and worked as a hawker and then as manager of McCoy Stadium hawkers. In 2015 he received the Pawtucket Red Sox Employee Scholarship award.

Dion intends to return to school to earn his master's degree in Sport Management.


RYAN SMITH - GRADUATE INTERN

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Smith is a 2016 graduate of Boston College, where he majored in Communication and History, and will serve duties primarily associated with the men's league. During his four years at the Heights, Smith worked in various positions within BC's Athletic Department, including the Athletic Communications office as a media relations assistant, and in Athletic Operations as an athletic event assistant. Smith worked with various varsity sports, including men's and women's ice hockey, football, baseball, men's and women's soccer, and women's lacrosse. Smith also covered BC athletics as a sports staff writer for the student magazine The Gavel.

A native of East Setauket, New York, Smith was a two sport athlete at Ward Melville High School, lettering in baseball and ice hockey. Smith continued to play baseball as a team member and the communications officer of the Boston College club baseball team.

Smith is continuing his studies at Northeastern, working towards a master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.




History of Hockey East's Intern Program

1st season – 2006-07: Scott Donnelly (Providence); now Assoc. Athletic Director at Fordham

2nd season – 2007-08: Andrew Bartlett (Providence); now working at Boston College

3rd season – 2008-09: Elizabeth Fierman (Boston University); worked as SID at UMass-Lowell, now working at ESPN

4th season – 2009-10: Stephanie Bambury (St. Mike's grad, but worked at Vermont as a jr & sr); also did an internship with Red Sox after HE; now Assistant Athletic Director at Arizona State University

5th season – 2010-11: Greg Rosa (Boston College); now Director of Marketing for Manchester (NH) Monarchs (ECHL Hockey)

6th season – 2011-12: Andrew Zagorianakos (Maine); now Equipment Manager at Providence

7th season – 2012-13: Kristen Blake (Northeastern); now working in insurance industry

8th season – 2013-14: Mike Brown (Northeastern); now working at NESN; also Communications Game Night Staff for Boston Bruins

9th season – 2014-15: Keagan Gallagher (Vermont); now working at Boston College Men's Hockey - And Andrew Veneziano (Boston College); now working in real estate

10th season – 2015-16: Suzanne Friedman (Vermont/Northeastern); now working at Kraft Group - And Justin Martino (Connecticut); now in law school

11th season - 2016-17: Geoff Dion (Merrimack) and Ryan Smith (Boston College)


DAVE LEZENSKI - SUPERVISOR OF OFFICIALS

Dave Lezenski was named the Supervisor of Officials for the Women's Hockey East Association in the Fall of 2009, after previously serving for four years as assistant.

Lezenski's full-time profession is Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health in Billerica Public Schools. He is actively involved with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Lezenski also works for the NCAA during the men's and women's national tournaments, working with video replay and evaluation of officials.

The former NIHOA and ECAC veteran official is a native of Lynn, Mass., and currently resides in Lowell, Mass.