Stephen Hagwell

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.


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.


Bryan Hicks
Director of Women's Officiating

Hicks was hired as Director of Women's Hockey Officiating in June of 2019 after a long career as an on-ice official within ECAC Hockey. He is responsible for assigning and reviewing the officiating group for the 12-team women's league.

Since starting with ECAC Hockey in 2007, Hicks has accrued over 400 men's and women's games as an on-ice official, including a number of league championship games, NCAA Tournament games, and a pair of Women's National Title games in 2013 and 2016. He's also served as the Director of Officiating for World TeamTennis since 2005, implementing instant-replay technology during his time in that role.

Hicks received his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from Neumann College, and has earned a Master's Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. 


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.