USCHO Spotlight Special Edition: Talking Joe Bertagna’s tenure at Hockey East, who might replace him as commissioner

Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna - The Boston College Eagles defeated the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-3 in the second half of the Hockey East Frozen Fenway's first Saturday on January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna pioneered the conference’s Frozen Fenway outdoor games (file photo: Melissa Wade).

With the announcement of Joe Bertagna’s departure as Hockey East commissioner at the end of the 2019-20 season, hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger look at his stewardship of the conference and its growth during his tenure. Also in this episode: a discussion of the changing landscape of college hockey that has conferences looking in different directions, and some of the possible candidates to replace Bertagna.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.