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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Edward Krajewski
Assistant Commissioner

Krajewski joined the ECAC Hockey Staff in July 2007, as Assistant Commissioner.

As assistant commissioner, Krajewski is responsible for all facets of ECAC Hockey, including developing, coordinating, and implementing the League’s marketing and media relations strategies; serving as liaison to corporate partners; and coordinating production of the League’s promotional and printed materials, such as annual media guides, championship programs, and ticket brochures. Krajewski also manages the League’s award programs, and assists with the enhancement of the League’s web site.

Prior to joining the ECAC Hockey staff, Krajewski’s professional experience includes five years with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Florida Panthers where he served two years as Director of Promotions, and three plus as Senior Manager, Promotions.

In addition to his time with the Panthers, Krajewski spent time as Director of Marketing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and as Manager of Archives for the Panthers, National Football League’s (NFL) Miami Dolphins, and Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Florida Marlins.

Krajewski holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Siena College and a Master of Science in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University (Miami). He resides in Cohoes, NY with his wife Patti and twins Brady and Reese.

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Paul Stewart
Director of Officiating

One of the most successful and respected individuals in hockey, Paul Stewart serves as Director of Officials for the men's and women's leagues. He assumed the role of Men's League Director of Officials in July 2007, and added duties for the Women's League on May 20, 2010.

Stewart served as an on-ice referee from 1983 through 2003, including 17 years in the National  Hockey League (NHL), where, in 2003, he became the first American-born official to referee 1,000 NHL games.  After his retirement as an active on-ice official in 2003, Stewart served as supervisor/coach of the NHL Officials Development Program, observing young officials in more than 200 NHL/American Hockey League contests.

In addition to his officiating experience, Stewart has a wealth of experience as a player. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Stewart competed in the ECAC from 1973-75 and then enjoyed a professional career that included the NHL and World Hockey Association (WHA) including affiliated minor leagues spanning 1975 through 1983.