July 11, 2011

Bertagna's contract extended by Hockey East

PR Wire Report

WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna (Arlington, Mass.) has been given a contract extension through the 2013-14 season, it was announced Monday by Northeastern University athletic director Peter Roby, chair of the Hockey East executive committee. 

Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna, center, with Boston College's Brian Boyle, left, and coach Jerry York after BC won the Hockey East championship in 2007. (photo: Getty)

Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna, center, with Boston College's Brian Boyle, left, and coach Jerry York after BC won the Hockey East championship in 2007. (photo: Getty)

Bertagna, who is already the longest-serving commissioner in the conference’s 28-year history, is beginning his 15th year with Hockey East after serving in a similar capacity with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for 15 years.

“This contract extension is well deserved and signals our excitement about the work that Joe and his staff have done to position Hockey East as the premier hockey conference in the country,” stated Roby. “We are excited about our future with Joe as our commissioner and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

Bertagna is the longest current tenured conference administrator in college hockey with his upcoming 30th season of service.

“I am very pleased that the directors have seen fit to extend my service for three more seasons,” said Bertagna. “I will take this as an endorsement of what our entire staff has been doing to advance the interests of not only Hockey East but college hockey as a sport.”

Bertagna became Hockey East’s fourth commissioner on July 1, 1997. The league has enjoyed unparalleled success on the ice during his tenure, winning five national championships, including three of the last four, and regularly enjoying postseason accolades for many of its student-athletes.

Five of the last nine players recognized as “Hobey Hat Trick” honorees have come from Hockey East.