EHL Board of Governors - Executive Committee
CHAIRMAN: Bill Flanagan, Northern Cyclones
Director of Hockey Operations - Mark Kumpel
Mark Kumpel begins his second year as the EHL Director of Hockey Operations in 2014-15. Among Kumpel’s day-to-day duties is 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 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).
Director of Administration - Jeff Nygaard
Jeff Nygaard, who served as the AJHL's first Director of Hockey Operations during the 2012-13 season, will begin his second season as the Eastern Hockey League's Director of Administration. Nygaard, who is a former Junior franchise owner and General Manager with the Washington Junior Nationals (2006-10), will be responsible for the day-to-day administrative and business operations of the league.
A Minnesota native and a graduate of North Dakota State University ('90), 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.
USA Hockey SafeSport Coordinator - Cheri Bonawitz
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.