COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The National Collegiate Hockey Conference named Joe Novak the league's first Director of Hockey Operations.
Accoriding to NCHC Commissioner Jim Scheer, Novak will be responsible for the internal hockey operations and administration for the NCHC. Among his duties will be developing a comprehensive playing schedule, hire and supervise the league's on-ice officials, and developing the new conference's rules.
Novak, who has more than 30 years of sport management experience, has spent the last 15 at the United States Air Force Academy including roles in NCAA Division I athletic
operations, events management and scheduling, athletic facilities management,
contract management, and tournament and special events director.
The NCHC will begin play with eight teams, including the University of Minnesota Duluth, in the fall of 2013.