EHL: Eastern Hockey League

Staff

CHAIRMAN:  Bill Flanagan, Northern Cyclones
VICE CHAIRMAN:  Todd Stirling, Boston Bandits
TREASURER:  John Graves, Philadelphia Junior Flyers
SECRETARY:  Phil Pulley, Philadelphia Revolution

Mark Kumpel - Director of Hockey Operations

Mark Kumpel begins his second year as the EHL Director of Hockey Operations in 2014-15.  Among Kumpel’s day-to-day duties are the handling all EHL hockey operations, working with each coaching staff to ensure new EHL standards are met across the board and helping brand the EHL name with youth and Junior players around the country.

No stranger to Junior hockey, Kumpel had a successful five-year tenure as head coach of the Walpole Express, guiding them to three consecutive AJHL playoff championships (2009-12) and two regular-season titles in (2011 and 2012).
 
As a player, the Wakefield, Mass., native skated for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell from 1979-83 before embarking on a lengthy professional career in the National Hockey League (NHL) and American Hockey League (AHL).
 
Kumpel, who was also a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team, played 288 games in the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques, Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets, totaling 38 goals for 84 points.
 
Prior to his head coaching stint with the Express, Kumpel served as head coach of the Nashville Knights and Dayton Bombers of the ECHL and Portland Pirates of the AHL. He also scouted for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Mark@EasternHockeyLeague.org
Phone:  207-699-6999

Jeff Nygaard - Executive Director

Jeff Nygaard, who served as the AJHL's first Director of Hockey Operations during the 2012-13 season, continues to work with the EHL as the league's membership and mission evolves.  During the 2014-15 season Nygaard will serve as the Executive Director as the EHL moves toward separate focuses on business and hockey operations.

Nygaard's main duties will serve as the chief point of contact for the EHL Board of Governors while handling all the day-to-day business and administrative functions for the league.

A Minnesota native and graduate of North Dakota State University (1990), Nygaard is a former sports information director at the University of North Dakota and a former on-ice official.  During his officiating career he worked more than 300 minor professional games and five USA Hockey National Championship contests.
 

CONTACT INFORMATION
Jeff@EasternHockeyLeague.org
Phone:  540-333-1357

Cheri Bonawitz - SafeSport Coordinator

Cheri Bonawitz, a longtime USA Hockey Junior Council member, has been appointed the league’s first USA Hockey SafeSport coordinator.  The EHL is the first Tier III Junior hockey league to appoint a SafeSport coordinator and implement this important program.

Bonawitz is a past president of Maine Amateur Hockey and she is a currently serving as a Director for the New England District of USA Hockey and is on USA Hockey’s Safety and Protective Equipment Committee.  Bonawitz will work with the EHL staff to help ensure that all 18 member organizations are following the SafeSport protocol and providing the proper player environments.

Through the USA Hockey SafeSport Program, USA Hockey is committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.  USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players. These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators. USA Hockey’s SafeSport Handbook is intended to update and collect USA Hockey’s various policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.