Snee named new executive director of College Hockey, Inc.

Mike Snee has been named the executive director of College Hockey, Inc., and will start in his new role on Sept. 17.

Snee has spent the past four years in a similar role with Minnesota Hockey.

“Mike is a very talented professional with a great passion and love for college hockey,” said Steve Hagwell, ECAC commissioner and chair of the 10-member board of directors of CHI, in a news release. “He has enjoyed a great amount of success professionally. We look forward to a bright future for College Hockey, Inc., under Mike’s leadership.”

Snee becomes the second executive director in the organization’s history and replaces Paul Kelly, who resigned last season.

“I have followed College Hockey, Inc., closely since its inception and am honored to have this opportunity,” added Snee, a native of Duluth, Minn. “I believe strongly in CHI’s mission and look forward to working with [director of communications] Nate Ewell and the board to continue the exciting growth of college hockey throughout the country.”

“Mike has a tremendous passion for hockey as well as an understanding of the issues and people involved at all levels necessary to succeed,” said Canisius coach Dave Smith in a statement. “As our executive director, Mike’s previous experiences will be beneficial as he takes the lead for Division I college hockey in discussions with the NHL, NCAA and the current and future landscape of college hockey.”

During Snee’s tenure with Minnesota Hockey, he led a multi-platform strategic plan to ensure the long-term growth of hockey in Minnesota and nearly tripled corporate sponsorship revenue in just four years. He also served as a member of the USA Hockey marketing committee.

Snee, a 1991 graduate of St. Thomas, also spent nine years in a variety of roles with Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Minnesota Wild.