During Kathy's tenure, the Hockey East corporate sponsorship program has grown to include several new partnerships. In addition, the Hockey East licensing program has also expanded to include many new licensees, as well as increased revenues from licensed merchandise. Kathy has been instrumental in both the marketing efforts and logistical operations behind Hockey East's special events, including three Frozen Fenway events and the many commemorative anniversary celebrations in both the men's and women's leagues.
Wynters was also the driving force behind the creation of both "Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer" and the Hockey East Kids' Club. After seven seasons, the Skating Strides program has raised over $230,00 for breast cancer awareness and research, while at the same time increased attendance at women's hockey games and gave the student-athletes the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they study and play hockey.
Wynters previously served Hockey East as Assistant Commissioner during the late 80's and early 90's, before going on to work for the New Jersey Devils in the NHL, spending three years as a Marketing Director, coordinating licensing and souvenir merchandising. A native of Quincy, Mass., the former Kathy Walsh earned a B.S. degree in marketing from Providence College in 1982. She began her career while an undergraduate, as a three-year intern with the men's hockey team. Following graduation, she served the Friars in two capacities; first as Assistant Sports Information Director (primary men's hockey contact) and then as Director of Athletic Marketing.
While at PC, and before Hockey East had a full-time staff, Wynters worked with former PC athletic director, and then Commissioner, Lou Lamoriello on the launch of the conference in 1983, and then coordinated the first three Hockey East championship tournaments (1985-87). She also managed the 1986 NCAA Men's Frozen Four at the Providence Civic Center, co-hosted by Brown and Providence College. In 1988, Wynters left her position at PC and moved over to Hockey East on a full-time basis. Among her earlier accomplishments at Hockey East, Wynters worked with Joe Bertagna in coordinating the first and only "Hockeyfest" events, combining the ECAC and Hockey East championships into single weekend events from 1989-91.
Kathy and her husband Chuck (a retired on-ice official for Hockey East), are the parents of two: daughter Annie (21), a senior at the College of the Holy Cross, and son C.J. (20), a junior at Bridgewater State University. The Wynters family resides in Waltham, Mass.
PETER SOURIS - DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
He was very involved in the 25th anniversary celebration, as he oversaw the production of the league's 25th anniversary DVD and has played an integral role in the improvements to hockeyeastonline.com over the last two years.
Souris had been affiliated with the UNH athletic department for 12 years since he was a student in the mid-1990's. After earning his BS in Kinesiology: Sport Studies in December of 2001, Souris was promoted to the post of assistant director of media relations the following summer, and three years later was named associate director. In 2006, he also assumed responsibility for managing the department's web site (unhwildcats.com).
In addition to serving as the primary media contact for the UNH men's hockey team for seven seasons, Souris was the lead contact for the school's women's volleyball team for 10 years. Souris also served as primary media coordinator for the NCAA men's hockey Northeast Regionals in Manchester, NH, in 2004 and 2007. He has also worked the last 11 Frozen Fours, dating back to 1999-2000.
Souris is was a member of the New England Patriots gameday media relations staff from 2008 to 2011, working as a member of the statcrew. He also does freelance television work as a associate producer-graphics coordinator, scorebug operator and statistician. Souris is currently in his fourth season serving as the video replay technician for the Boston Bruins.
Souris, a 1995 graduate of Beverly High School, resides in Beverly, Mass.
Mike Brown - 2013-2014 Intern
"Mike has a number of great experiences on his resume for a recent college graduate," said Bertagna. "We are thrilled to have him as part of the league staff for our 30th anniversary season."
Brown, a South Berwick, Maine native, graduated from Northeastern with a bachelors degree in Journalism. He worked for the Boston Bruins as a media relations intern in 2011 and has worked on their game night staff each of the last two seasons. While at the Bruins, he has compiled and distributed press releases, notes and statistics for the media and also transcribed player interviews.
He also worked in the Northeastern Athletic Communications office during the 2012-13 season, working primarily with the men's and women's hockey teams and women's volleyball team. He assisted with writing game notes and press releases and was part of their game day stat crew and social media team. Brown also served as a columnist for the Huntington News in 2010-11, writing weekly features on Husky student-athletes.
The Hockey East graduate intern program is in its eighth year of existence, with Scott Donnelly (Providence '06), Andrew Bartlett (Providence '07), Elizabeth Paige Fierman (BU '08), Stephanie Bambury (St. Michael's '09), Greg Rosa (Boston College '10), Andrew Zagorianakos (Maine '11) and Kristen Blake (Northeastern '12) having served before Brown.
History of Hockey East's Intern Program
1st – 2006-07: Scott Donnelly (Providence); now Director of Athletic Marketing at UMass-Lowell
2nd – 2007-08: Andrew Bartlett (Providence); now working at St. Sebastian's
3rd – 2008-09: Elizabeth Fierman (Boston University); worked as SID at UMass-Lowell, now working at ESPN
4th – 2009-10: Stephanie Bambury (St. Mike's grad, but worked at Vermont as a jr & sr); also did an internship with Red Sox after HE; now Interim Director of Athletic Marketing at Dartmouth
5th – 2010-11: Greg Rosa (Boston College); now Director of Marketing for Manchester (NH) Monarchs (AHL Hockey)
6th – 2011-12: Andrew Zagorianakos (Maine); now Asst Equipment Manager at Boston College
7th – 2012-13: Kristen Blake (Northeastern)
8th – 2013-14: Mike Brown (Northeastern)
DAN SCHACHTE - COORDINATOR OF OFFICIALS
Schachte also served on the NHLOA Discipline Committee from 2002 to 2010, as well as the NHLOA Executive Board (1991-1992) and the NHL Injury Analysis Panel in 2002.
He has also served as an Officiating Supervisor for USA Hockey since 2011, mentoring many of the top young officials in the United States with instruction and training at camps around the country. Schachte, who was a former Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and United States Hockey League (USHL) referee from for two years (1980-1982), co-founded of the Wisconsin Elite Hockey League (WEHL) back in 2006.
Schachte studied Mechanical Enginering at the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Verona, Wisconsin with his wife Kim and children, Danny, Ian, Lauren and Maddy.
DICK DECAPRIO - CHIEF OBSERVER
DeCaprio, a native of Arlington, Mass., has enjoyed a wide range of hockey experiences since his graduation from Boston University in 1968. Following his playing days for Jack Kelley, DeCaprio became a referee, working high school and college games, including Hockey East games, for more than two decades. Toward the end of his officiating career, he began assigning high school games in the Greater Boston area. Professionally, DeCaprio has been a teacher and administrator in the Arlington Public Schools for nearly 40 years. After serving as an assistant coach in both football and ice hockey at Arlington, DeCaprio succeeded the legendary Eddie Burns as head hockey coach of Arlington's storied program in 1997. In that time, he has compiled an outstanding record of 129-55-22, leading the Spy Ponders to six league titles and six appearances in the prestigious "Super Eight" schoolboy tournament.
His contributions to high school hockey have earned him induction into the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association's Hall of Fame as both a referee and a coach.
Beyond these experiences, DeCaprio enjoyed two different stints as an assistant coach at UMass Lowell (1969-70 and 1989-91) and also served as a scout for the St. Louis Blues from 1985 to 1988. An outstanding teacher, DeCaprio has also directed the Spy Pond Power Skating Hockey School and Clinic since 1980. He and his wife Marsha reside in Chelmsford.