Q&A With … Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna

BOSTON — It’s been a fascinating summer for Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. Just before the NCAA tournament, he learned that one of his league’s members, Notre Dame, would be leaving at the end of this upcoming season to join the Big Ten.

Bertagna, who was awarded a new three-year contract by Hockey East before the start of the season, suddenly had to focus on how to move the league forward as an 11-team conference, all while keeping an eye on potentially moving back to a more-desired 12 schools.

At Hockey East Media Day at TD Garden, Bertagna took a moment to discuss Hockey East’s future plans, as well as what could be more realignment throughout college hockey.

CHNHow has the summer been from an expansion standpoint? Have you had teams reaching out to you and what has that process been like this summer?

Bertagna: It has been relatively quiet, and by nature, if teams did, they would remain confidential because we’re talking about teams that would be in a sitting league. There is really nothing imminent. There might be something happening on the women’s side, but there’s nothing happening on the men’s side.

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Mike McMahon
Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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