CHAIRMAN: Mike Sorabella - Boston Junior Rangers
VICE CHAIRMAN: Scott Fusco - East Coast Wizards
TREASURER: Maurice Rosales - Vermont Lumberjacks
SECRETARY: Paul Gilmartin - Valley Junior Warriors
Bertagna poses with Cayden Primeau following the 2019 Hockey East Championship. Primeau was named the EHL Goalie and Rookie of the Year at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Joe Bertagna, now in his 2nd year with the EHL, serves as the league's Commissioner. Bertagna comes to the EHL following a 38-year run as a commissioner in NCAA Division I hockey.
Bertagna has enjoyed a unique and distinguished career as a player, a coach, and an administrator. A native of Arlington, MA, he was an outstanding goaltender at Arlington High School before moving on to Harvard University, where he played for Hall of Fame coaches Ralph “Cooney” Weiland and Bill Cleary. He also played one year in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and for the Milwaukee Admirals.
As a coach, he began a summer goaltending school in 1974 (still active), while working with Tim Taylor, who went on to coach for Yale University and the 1994 U.S. Olympic Team. Bertagna teamed up with Taylor again in 1991 and 1994, serving as Team USA's Goalie Coach for the Canada Cup and Winter Olympics, respectively. He also served six seasons as the goalie coach for the Boston Bruins from 1985 to 1991.
Throughout this period, Bertagna’s primary occupation was as an administrator and he became the longest-serving college hockey commissioner in NCAA history. His 38-year career as a commissioner began with 15 years with ECAC Hockey, followed by 23 years with the Hockey East Association. He was also named the first Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) in 1991, and maintains that position today.
His efforts have been recognized with numerous awards, most notably the USA Hockey Distinguished Service Award and Hall of Fame recognition from Massachusetts Hockey, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the Women’s Beanpot Tournament, and the Massachusetts High School Hockey Coaches Association.
Neil Ravin, in his 7th year with the EHL, serves as the Associate Commissioner for the 2021-22 season. Ravin’s main duty is to generate publicity and brand awareness of the EHL in the hockey community through the league website and social media platforms. In five seasons with the EHL, Ravin has helped triple the league’s following across social media, all while also serving as the play-by-play broadcaster for over 75 games during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Ravin is also the host of the #Eshow Podcast, and serves as the Emcee at the league's annual Banquet of Champions and Awards Show.
Ravin brings with him experience from working for the Portland Pirates (AHL), the Portland Sea Dogs (AA - Baseball), and the Hockey East Association.
A Maine native and a graduate of Quinnipiac University (2013), Ravin earned a degree while studying Broadcast Journalism in college, and spent much of his senior year (2012-13) covering the men's hockey team on their run to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, PA. Ravin has since played an integral role in developing the league's version of the Frozen Four, the EHL Frozen Finals at Providence College.
Cheri Bonawitz, a longtime USA Hockey Junior Council member, has been appointed the league’s first USA Hockey SafeSport coordinator. The EHL is the first Tier III Junior hockey league to appoint a SafeSport coordinator and implement this important program.
Bonawitz is a past president of Maine Amateur Hockey and she is a currently serving as a Director for the New England District of USA Hockey and is on USA Hockey’s Safety and Protective Equipment Committee. Bonawitz will work with the EHL staff to help ensure that all 18 member organizations are following the SafeSport protocol and providing the proper player environments.
Through the USA Hockey SafeSport Program, USA Hockey is committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in hockey. USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players. These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators. USA Hockey’s SafeSport Handbook is intended to update and collect USA Hockey’s various policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.
Lauren Smith comes to the EHL having graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in Communications. She has experience working for Wildcats Productions as well as working on major network broadcasts on ESPN, NESN, and NBC Sports Boston.
Lauren's presence will be felt on various EHL segments from showcases to the #EShow podcast. She brings a great understanding of the sport and is a huge Carolina Hurricanes fan.
Anthony Di Paolo joins the EHL having spent the last four seasons with the New Jersey 87's organization. Anthony's familiarity with the junior hockey landscape at the Tier II and Tier III levels will help him dive right into covering the EHL.
Anthony will cover our league showcases and events, as well as write weekly features and player spotlights throughout the 2021-22 season.