Stephen Hagwell

Commissioner

Hagwell was named Commissioner by the ECAC Hockey athletics administrators in March 2005 after serving in an acting role beginning April 2004.

In his role as commissioner, Hagwell oversees the overall management and operation of ECAC Hockey, including, but not limited to league scheduling, finances, officiating, championships and sponsorship fulfillment.

Hagwell joined the ECAC in August 1999, and was named Associate Commissioner for hockey in 2000. In that role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Divisions I and III leagues and served as the liaison to the coaches and athletics administrators in seven leagues. In 2003, he took on the additional responsibility of overseeing the Division I women’s league operations.

Prior to joining the general ECAC staff, Hagwell worked at NCAA headquarters in the public affairs office for more than seven years. At the NCAA, Hagwell was the assistant manager of publishing where he served as liaison to the Men’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee and the NCAA Baseball Research Panel. He also was responsible for supervising a staff of editors.

Before his stint at the NCAA, Hagwell spent time on the sports information staffs as the University of Kentucky, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse and University of Florida.

A graduate of Michigan Tech, Hagwell and his wife, Carrie, have three children: Jordy, Joshua, and Jack.

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Steve Bobarakis
Assistant Commissioner

Bobarakis was named Assistant Commissioner in July of 2018, and oversees the conference's marketing, communications, branding, and social media programs.

Prior to joining ECAC Hockey, Bobarakis worked at SUNY Brockport for two years, serving as the Interim Director of Athletic Communications during the 2017-18 academic year. He oversaw the marketing and communications efforts for the department's 23 sports, coordinating the promotion of NCAA playoff appearences for several teams. While at Brockport, he earned his master's degree in Athletic Administration.

Before Brockport, Bobarakis spent four years as an Athletic Communications assistant at SUNY Oswego, where he also earned his bachelor's degree.

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Peter Feola
Director of Men's Officiating

Feola was hired as Director of Men's Hockey Officiating in June of 2019 after a 25-year career as an on-ice official within ECAC Hockey. The Rochester, N.Y. native is responsible for assigning and reviewing the officiating group for the 12-team men's league. 

During his on-ice career, Feola officiated more than 750 NCAA games, including nine ECAC Hockey Championship games, 14 NCAA tournaments, and two National Championship games in 2012 and 2018. He also brings experience as an assignor, having worked with the Western New York Ice Hockey Officials Association over the past 20 years, assigning officials for more than 300 high school and college club games.

A 1994 graduate of Elmira College, Feola was a four-year letter winner for the ice hockey program.

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Patrick Dapuzzo
Senior Advisor

Patrick Dapuzzo, who enjoyed a very successful 24-year career as an on-ice official in the National Hockey League (NHL), provides his hockey expertise and wealth of experience to ECAC Hockey by serving as the Senior Advisor, Director of Hockey Operations for Commissioner Stephen Hagwell. He has served ECAC Hockey since 2008.

A native of Hoboken, New Jersey, Dapuzzo began his officiating career at the young age of 17. He worked in the ECAC; the North American Hockey League (NAHL), which is now the ECHL; and the American Hockey League (AHL) before working his way to the highest level of the sport - the NHL. A career that commenced in 1984-85, Dapuzzo worked 1,532 NHL regular-season contests, in addition to 67 postseason games and two NHL All-Star Games (1994 and 2008). He also was assigned to the 1991 Canada Cup and worked the final game, USA versus Canada in Hamilton Ontario

Dapuzzo’s hockey experience is not limited to officiating. He also has served as a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2010 through 2016. Dapuzzo also has a wealth of coaching experience, guiding Major-level teams for 25 years. He is also a member of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award committee.

Dapuzzo and his wife, Lisa, reside in Rutherford, New Jersey. They have three sons - Anthony, Patrick and Nicholas.