Wynters was the driving force behind the creation of both "Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer" and the Hockey East Kids' Club. In five years, the Skating Strides program has raised almost $200,00 for breast cancer awareness and research, 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. In 2012, the league raised a single-season record of $45,215 for breast cancer charities. "Skating Strides" was nationally recognized twice (2007 & 2009) by NACDA/NACMA with medals for "Single Day Attendance Promotion of an Olympic Sport".
During Kathy's tenure, the Hockey East corporate sponsorship program has grown to include several new partnerships, many breaking ground beyond traditional hockey companies. In addition, the Hockey East licensing program has also expanded to include many new licensees, as well as increased revenues from licensed merchandise, including an expanded offering at the conference championships. Kathy is instrumental in both the marketing efforts and logistical operations behind Hockey East's special events, including two Frozen Fenway events and the 10th Anniversary celebration.
Wynters previously served Hockey East 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. Wynters also spent five years as marketing manager for PictureTel Corporation. 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 and then as Director of 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 managed 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. 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), are the parents of two: daughter Annie (20), a junior at the College of the Holy Cross, and son C.J. (19), a sophomore at Bridgewater State University. The Wynters family resides in Waltham.
PETER SOURIS - DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Souris has played a key role in securing a regional radio contract with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and was instrumental in the signing of a national television agree with the CBS Sports Network in the fall of 2010.
He was very involved in the 25th anniversary celebration, as he oversaw the production of the league's 25th anniversary DVD and has played an integral role in the improvements to hockeyeastonline. com over the last two years.
Souris had been affiliated with the UNH athletic department for 12 years since he was a student in the mid-1990's. After earning his BS in Kinesiology: Sport Studies in December of 2001, Souris was promoted to the post of assistant director of media relations the following summer, and three years later was named associate director. In 2006, he also assumed responsibility for managing the department's web site (unhwildcats.com).
In addition to serving as the primary media contact for the UNH men's hockey team for seven seasons, Souris was the lead contact for the school's women's volleyball team for 10 years. Souris also served as primary media coordinator for the NCAA men's hockey Northeast Regionals in Manchester, NH, in 2004 and 2007. He has also worked the last 11 Frozen Fours, dating back to 1999-2000.
Souris was a member of the New England Patriots gameday media relations staff from 2008 to 2011, working as a member of the statcrew. He also does freelance television work as a associate producer- graphics coordinator, scorebug operator and statistician. Souris is currently in his third season serving as the video replay technician for the Boston Bruins.
Souris, a 1995 graduate of Beverly High School, resides in Beverly, Mass.
Mike Brown - 2013-2014 Intern
"Mike has a number of great experiences on his resume for a recent college graduate," said Bertagna. "We are thrilled to have him as part of the league staff for our 30th anniversary season."
Brown, a South Berwick, Maine native, graduated from Northeastern with a bachelors degree in Journalism. He worked for the Boston Bruins as a media relations intern in 2011 and has worked on their game night staff each of the last two seasons. While at the Bruins, he has compiled and distributed press releases, notes and statistics for the media and also transcribed player interviews.
He also worked in the Northeastern Athletic Communications office during the 2012-13 season, working primarily with the men's and women's hockey teams and women's volleyball team. He assisted with writing game notes and press releases and was part of their game day stat crew and social media team. Brown also served as a columnist for the Huntington News in 2010-11, writing weekly features on Husky student-athletes.
The Hockey East graduate intern program is in its eighth year of existence, with Scott Donnelly (Providence '06), Andrew Bartlett (Providence '07), Elizabeth Paige Fierman (BU '08), Stephanie Bambury (St. Michael's '09), Greg Rosa (Boston College '10), Andrew Zagorianakos (Maine '11) and Kristen Blake (Northeastern '12) having served before Brown.
History of Hockey East's Intern Program
1st – 2006-07: Scott Donnelly (Providence); now Director of Athletic Marketing at UMass-Lowell
2nd – 2007-08: Andrew Bartlett (Providence); now working at St. Sebastian's
3rd – 2008-09: Elizabeth Fierman (Boston University); worked as SID at UMass-Lowell, now working at ESPN
4th – 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 Interim Director of Athletic Marketing at Dartmouth
5th – 2010-11: Greg Rosa (Boston College); now Director of Marketing for Manchester (NH) Monarchs (AHL Hockey)
6th – 2011-12: Andrew Zagorianakos (Maine); now Asst Equipment Manager at Boston College
7th – 2012-13: Kristen Blake (Northeastern)
8th – 2013-14: Mike Brown (Northeastern)
DAVE LEZENSKI - SUPERVISOR OF OFFICIALS
Lezenski, a native of Lynn, MA, has enjoyed a wide range of hockey experiences since playing at St. John's Prep and attending Boston College. Following his playing days, Lezenski became an official, working high school and college games for NIHOA and the ECAC. Professionally, Lezenski is the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health for Billerica Public Schools.
Beyond these experiences, Lezenski also works for the NCAA during the Men's and Women's Frozen Four as the video replay official. In addition, he is actively involved in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and is Vice Chairman of the MIAA Ice Hockey Committee. Lezenski is also the Athletic Director in charge of overseeing the Merrimack Valley/Dual County Boy's Ice Hockey League.
TIM HOOTON - ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR OF OFFICIALS
This Melrose, MA native played for the legendary Henry Hughes and is an Executive Board member for the Eastern Massachusetts Ice Hockey Officials Association as well as the Director of Officials for the MVC/DCL Boys and Girls High School Ice Hockey Conference.
Professionally, he is a State Investigator for the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABCC).