August 30, 2012

Atlantic Hockey commish DeGregorio re-signs through 2016

By Jesse Connolly

On Thursday, Atlantic Hockey announced that Robert M. DeGregorio Jr. has signed a three-year extension and will remain commissioner through 2016.

DeGregorio, who was named Atlantic Hockey’s first commissioner in 2003, served in the same role for Hockey East from 1993-96. He also helped Merrimack make the leap from Div. 2 to Div. 1 back in 1989.

Throughout his tenure with the AHA, the league has undergone many a change, including expansion in 2006-07 that saw the additions of Air Force in RIT, and again after the 2009-10 season when Robert Morris and Niagara joined Atlantic Hockey.

“We are very fortunate to have the most prominent and influential person in the hockey community as our Commissioner for the next three years,” said Bob DeFelice, Director of Athletics at Bentley and former Chair of the Executive Committee.

Lou Spiotti, Chair of the Atlantic Hockey Executive Committee and Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at RIT, made the official announcement. He’s equally as thrilled to keep DeGregorio at the helm.

“We in the Atlantic Hockey Association are very pleased to secure Bob DeGregorio’s services over the next three years,” says Spiotti.  “Bob has played a critical role in the growth and development of the league. His leadership has been pivotal through some of the most demanding and challenging phases of Atlantic Hockey’s climb to success. We feel quite fortunate to be able continue this very successful partnership.”

A resident of Winthrop, Mass., DeGregorio graduated from Boston State College in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in education. 

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