Commissioner Steve Metcalf

Steve Metcalf enters his fourth season as the Commissioner of the Hockey East Association in 2023-24.

Steve Metcalf
The 2022-23 season Boston University’s men’s team reach to the Frozen Four and the Northeastern women’s team get to their third consecutive Frozen Four. The Hockey East Championships enjoyed some of best attendance in years. Metcalf was elected by his peers to become President of the Hockey Commissioners’ Association and with this appointment also became the chair of the College Hockey, Inc. board. In these roles, he works closely with the NHL on various partnerships to grow and support hockey at all levels.

In Metcalf’s second season in 2021-22, Hockey East televised over 100 games on NESN. In April 2022, Hockey East played host to one of the most successful Men’s Frozen Fours in history and announced new media rights agreements with both ESPN and NESN.

The 2020-21 season was undoubtedly one of the most challenging years ever in the world of collegiate sports. Hockey East developed comprehensive Covid-19 protocols that helped the league successfully play more games than any other conference. The season ended with UMass winning its first NCAA national championship in Pittsburgh, and the Northeastern women’s team playing in the national championship game in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Prior to his tenure at Hockey East, Metcalf spent two decades in athletic administration at the University of New Hampshire, finishing his time there as Deputy Athletic Director. Metcalf was a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee from 2015 to 2020 and served as its chair for his last 2 years. Previously, Metcalf has also served as chair for the NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Committee and the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Committee.

Upon Metcalf’s appointment as Commissioner, Drew Marrochello, then-chair of the Hockey East men's executive committee and Director of Athletics at Boston University, said, "Simply put, Steve is a connector whose knowledge of hockey and our league is outstanding, he has made strong impressions in several different circles during his time at UNH, and it was a true consensus decision to bring him on as our next commissioner. We will all benefit from his wealth of experience in Hockey East as his strengths work well with our external populations, helping to illuminate our great product along with our community of coaches and administrators."

Metcalf was born in England and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UNH. He and his wife Diane, who is a long time collegiate athletic administrator, have two daughters, Lauren and Sienna.

What they're saying about Steve Metcalf:

"Steve Metcalf is a highly regarded athletics administrator who has done many good things across college athletics. I'm excited to work alongside him in his new position as Hockey East Commissioner, helping us continue to elevate college hockey to new heights."
------- Josh Fenton, NCHC Commissioner

"Congratulations to Steve, and to Hockey East, on his appointment as Commissioner. It has been my privilege to work with Steve, and to get to know him, over the past two decades. He is a first-class individual, who I am certain shall do a tremendous job in guiding Hockey East. I look forward to working more closely with Steve in his new role."
------- Steve Hagwell, ECAC Hockey Commissioner

"Steve Metcalf is one of the most conscientious, hard-working, and committed professionals I have ever been associated with. UNH has benefited greatly over the years he has been a part of our leadership team and we will miss him. We are so pleased that he will become the next Hockey East Commissioner, for we know he will do a fabulous job of leading our prestigious group of institutions. While Steve's fingerprints are all over UNH, he now has a great opportunity to apply that same skill set to lead Hockey East."
------- Marty Scarano, UNH Director of Athletics

"I am thrilled for Steve and for Hockey East. Steve has great appreciation and passion for the conference and for the sport. His experience at UNH, with the league and on NCAA committees, has prepared him for this opportunity. Joe Bertagna has led our league to amazing success and I am excited to see continued success as Steve leads us into the future."
------- Hilary Witt, UNH Women's Ice Hockey Head Coach

"Steve showed a great deal of detail in his pursuit of this position. His preparation and experiences at all levels of college hockey will continue to help him as he guides Hockey East going forward."
------- Norm Bazin, UMass Lowell Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach