Atlantic Hockey commissioner DeGregorio signs three-year extension

Bob DeGregorio has signed a three-year contract extension to remain as commissioner of Atlantic Hockey through 2016.

“We in the Atlantic Hockey Association are very pleased to secure Bob DeGregorio’s services over the next three years,” said Atlantic Hockey executive committee chair Lou Spiotti in a news release. “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.”

The league first started with nine teams in 2003-04, when DeGregorio was named commissioner, and after the 2004-05 season, dropped to eight. In 2006-07, he led the league through its first expansion adding Air Force and Rochester Institute of Technology to the league. After the 2009-10 season, DeGregorio was instrumental in the league’s last expansion with the additions of Robert Morris and Niagara.

During DeGregorio’s tenure, the league has had three different schools earn victories during the NCAA tournament, topped by RIT’s run to the 2010 Frozen Four.