Mark Frankenfeld is in his 11th full year as Commissioner and President of the North American Hockey League and his 19th overall. As commissioner, his responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations and all business aspects of the league, including but not limited to expansion, marketing initiatives, rules & regulations and player development.
During Frankenfeld's 10-year tenure, the NAHL has stabilized into one of only two non-tuition-based premier developmental junior leagues in the country. During that span the league has not only grown, but expanded into markets that were once considered off limits for junior hockey. One of the biggest trends that has occurred under Frankenfeld's watch is NAHL teams emerging in former minor league hockey markets and becoming successful and stable.
Frankenfeld has laid the foundation for continued success, expanding the footprint of the league to 23 teams representing 12 states, allowing the league to continue to grow and truly become America's only 'National League' when it comes to junior hockey.
Frankenfeld, a member of USA Hockey's Junior Council, is also the driving force behind the NAHL Showcase, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this season, the creation of the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament and the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which is made up of 51 Midget Major and Minor teams that compete at the Tier I youth level.
Eight years ago, Frankenfeld played a vital role of the acquisition of the Central States Hockey League, which was redeveloped in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). Frankenfeld has now grown the NA3HL to 47 teams that now compete at the Tier III Junior level, which includes a new division in the Northwest and an expanded division in the South.
All take advantage of the unique vertical exposure model set forth by Frankenfeld, in which players are showcased in a series of unique league-wide events designed to bring everyone together under one roof several times a season for enhanced exposure of players at all levels to junior and college scouts.
Prior to assuming his role as commissioner, the Wright State University graduate served as the league's director of hockey operations.
Behind the bench in the NAHL, Frankenfeld was the head coach of the Dayton Gems during the 2003-04 season and spent four seasons as assistant coach and assistant general manager for the Texas Tornado from 1999-03. He was also an assistant coach with the Cleveland Jr. Barons for one season. Prior to working in the NAHL, Frankenfeld gained valuable experience in the collegiate ranks, spending four years as an assistant coach with Miami University (NCHC) and one as an assistant with Buffalo State University (SUNYAC). Frankenfeld has also coached at the high school and Midget AAA levels, as well as at USA Hockey Select Festivals, giving him more than 20 years of coaching experience.
Frankenfeld resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Kira. Frankenfeld has a son, Brody, and two daughters, Charlee and Bella.
Alex Kyrias is in his eighth season as Director of Communications, Marketing and Sales for the North American Hockey League. Kyrias oversees all marketing, public and media relations for the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL, as well as, all league-wide broadcasting, corporate partnership, equipment supplier, sales and partnership initiatives. Kyrias can be heard on various league-wide broadcasting initiatives including Inside the NAHL, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, NAHL TV and the annual NAHL Draft.
Prior to the NAHL, Kyrias spent three years working in professional hockey. In 2007-08, Kyrias worked for the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL as the Director of Public and Media relations and play-by-play voice before joining the Iowa Stars/Iowa Chops the next season as the American Hockey League (AHL) team's Vice-President of communications and play-by-play broadcaster. In 2009-10, Kyrias served as the Vice-President of sales and marketing of the then International Hockey League's (IHL) Quad City Mallards.
No stranger to the NAHL, Kyrias served as the Director of Communications and radio play-by-play voice for the Texas Tornado from 2002-07, where he called the 2005 NAHL All-Star Game and three consecutive NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship Games.
Kyrias holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology-Sports Communications/Broadcast from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where is also was a goaltender on the hockey team and a member of the Singing Hoosiers.
He and his wife, Dory, reside in Flower Mound, Texas, along with their two daughters Dorothy and Ellie.
Tony Zasowski was named the Director of Player Personnel and NAPHL Director on April 27, 2017. In his role, Zasowski oversees all aspects of NAHL Future Prospects Combines, NAHL Future Prospects Tournaments, NAHL Central Scouting and Education Initiatives for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL. In addition, Zasowski is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NAPHL, along with direction of all the NAPHL events during the 2017-18 season.
Prior to his position with the NAHL, Zasowski has served as head coach and general manager for the NAHL's Springfield Jr. Blues from 2012-16. During that five-year span, Zasowski had over 40 players make NCAA commitments under his watch. Prior to that, Zasowski was the head coach for both the 18U and 16U San Jose Jr. Sharks teams in the NAPHL. Zasowski was one of the founding members of the NAPHL back in 2009.
Prior to coaching with the Jr. Sharks, Zasowski was Assistant Coach/Goalie Coach for the Pensacola Ice Pilots in the ECHL. Zasowski also had stints in the USHL as Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager with the Chicago Steel, in the NAHL as Assistant Coach with the Springfield Spirit. In addition to his regular coaching duties, Tony has worked numerous USA Hockey Select Festivals as a goalie coach and evaluator.
As a player, Zasowski grew up in Illinois playing goaltender for Team Illinois and Chicago Young Americans. His junior career included winning an Anderson Cup and National Championship with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and playing in Omaha where he won a Clark Cup where he set a league record with 35 wins in a season and won Goalie of the Year. From there, he earned a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame where he was named Freshman of the Year for the Irish. He finished up his playing career with the Dayton Bombers in the ECHL.
Zasowski resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife DJ and daughter Esmee.
Craig Barnett provides NCAA Education and Compliance resources for the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL. Barnett's experience and relationships in the college hockey world provides a unique perspective to coaches and players in the NAHL family of leagues looking to gain opportunities at the next level.
A native of Oakville, Ontario, Barnett played college hockey at Plattsburgh (NY) State University in which he was a member of the 1987 NCAA Championship team. He was also named to their all-decade team (1985-1994) and was the university's Student-Athlete of the year in 1989.
Barnett then played professionally in the New York Ranger organization for two years before entering the coaching ranks. Barnett started the hockey program at the University of Findlay (OH) in 1995 and took that program from club status to the NCAA I level as a charter member of the CHA (College Hockey America).
In 2002, Barnett became the Hockey Director and Assistant Athletic Director at Lake Forest Academy, a prestigious boarding school on the north shore of Chicago. Barnett then became the Director of Athletics at Becker College in Worcester, MA where he was instrumental in starting their NCAA III hockey, football and lacrosse programs. Two years later, Barnett landed the Director of Athletics position at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA where he was responsible for 24 NCAA II varsity sports as well as their 2 NCAA I hockey programs.
In 2011, Barnett was named the Commissioner of the American Lacrosse Conference, a league who had won seven of the past nine NCAA I Championships before being absorbed by the Big Ten conference in 2014. This past year, Barnett became the Commissioner of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, a NCAA I/II league whose conference member Loyola University has won the past 2 NCAA Championships. Craig resides in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife Andrea and three children, Olivia, Braeden and Jace.
Shannon Smith is in her fourth year with the North American Hockey League and joins the staff as the Director of Finance and Administration. Smith will also serve as the Event Coordinator and will handle league merchandising.
Prior to joining the NAHL in 2014, Smith spent four years with the NAHL’s Texas Tornado serving as the team’s Director of Business Operations from 2009-13.
Smith is originally from Vinita, Oklahoma. Prior to working for the Tornado, she spent twelve years with Skyview Satellite Networks where she served at the Director of Contract Services, managing commercial inventory in twenty-five programming products, including MLB, MRN, NBA, NFL and NHL radio broadcasts as well as two State News Radio Networks.
Smith graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies. She has four children, Zachary, Madison, Hunter and Garrett and resides in Flower Mound, Texas.
Blake MacNicol returns to the NAHL in an increased role after spending the 2016-17 season as the Associate Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League and the Commissioner of the NA3AHL.
Prior to last season, MacNicol spent three years (2013-16) working as the Coordinator of Hockey Operations for the NAHL. MacNicol also coached High School and youth hockey in the Dallas area during his tenure with the NAHL.
MacNicol who is from Sandusky, Ohio, played NCAA I college hockey for the University of Alabama-Huntsville where he was named to the 2007 CHA All-Tournament Team and received an honorable mention NCAA Player of the Month award that season.
He graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration.
Prior to his college playing career, MacNicol played junior hockey for the Cleveland Barons in the NAHL during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Vinnie Perricelli is entering his first season as the Coordinator of Digital Media for the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
For the previous three seasons, Perricelli worked for the North Iowa Bulls of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) as their Digital Media Manager. In this role, Perricelli would create the team's digital content while managing the team's website and social media channels. He also served as the team's play-by-play broadcaster for select home games.
He graduated from Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in May 2014. Beginning his sophomore year, Perricelli managed the school's radio station and was the play-by-play voice for Waldorf's ACHA hockey team. He also played baseball for the Warriors during his time at the school.He is originally from Niagara Falls, New York and currently resides in Plano, Texas.
Prior to joining the NAHL in the Summer of 2018, Peter spent the 2017-18 season in the communications department of the AHL's Rockford IceHogs, where he assisted in managing the team's social media, media relations, web content and community appearances. He also covered the Carolina Hurricanes from 2014-18 for SB Nation and Fansided, writing feature stories and analysis pieces through four hockey seasons. Peter graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies, focused in journalism. There, Peter was a four-year member of UNCW's ACHA hockey team and spent a semester studying mass communication in Perth, Australia in 2016. He is originally from Winston-Salem, NC, and currently resides in Dallas, TX.
Brooke Keating is in her second season as a Media and Communications intern for the NA3HL.
In her duties, she completes game summaries for all NA3HL regular season and playoff games, interviews with both players and coaches, and assists with alumni reports.
Keating will receive a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from UMass-Lowell, with concentrations in both Marketing and International Business, and a minor in Spanish, in the Spring of 2018.
She lives in Dracut, Massachusetts.
Marc Faucette is in his third season in heading up the NAHL Department of Player Safety. Faucette was an on-ice official in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 17 seasons and officiated close to 1,000 NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Faucette is currently a Supervisor of Officials for the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and will work alongside NAHL Coordinator of Officials, Chris Allman during the 2014-15 season.
Faucette was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and played both high school and Division II college hockey in the area. He began officiating at the age of 20, drawing on the influence of his father who worked as a linesman in the American Hockey League, including assignments to the Calder Cup Finals.
In 1985, he was hired full-time by the NHL as a referee and before his career ended, he had officiated 912 regular season games as well as numerous playoff assignments, including the NHL Conference Finals. Faucette also skated as a referee at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo and the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. He was assigned to officiate the 1996 NHL All-Star Game in Boston and the International Ice Hockey Federation's first World Cup of Hockey that same year.
Faucette currently resides in Florida and also serves in a similar role with the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).