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 will oversee the conferences 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 departments 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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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.