August 2, 2012

Hockey East extends commissioner Bertagna's contract

Staff Report

The athletic directors of Hockey East have elected to extend the contract of commissioner Joe Bertagna an additional year, bringing him under contract through the 2014-15 season. 

Bertagna is about to embark on his 16th season with Hockey East and is the longest-serving commissioner in the history of the conference. 

"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."

Bertagna (Arlington, Mass.) and Hockey East accomplished plenty in the past calendar year, including the announcements that the conference will expand to 12 schools over the next few years, with Notre Dame joining in 2013-14 and UConn following suit in 2014-15.

Hockey East also completed successful negotiations with three TV networks (NESN, NBC College Sports, CBS College Sports) for multi-year contracts. Additionally, the conference sold out Fenway Park in the second "Frozen Fenway" event. 

"My colleagues and I are excited to know that Hockey East will have Joe's leadership for many years to come," Northeastern AD Peter Roby said. "He has helped us orchestrate our expansion strategy with incredible results while also supporting our existing membership in a first class fashion."

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