Tom Regan Elected a USA Hockey Director from the New England District

July 18, 2014

Dear Connecticut Hockey Members:

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about some changes in the leadership of Connecticut Hockey. I was recently elected a USA Hockey Director from the New England District, filling the seat vacated by Bob Crawford after many years of service to the District and USA Hockey. Unfortunately, the New England District By Laws specifically prohibit me from serving as both an Affiliate President and a USA Hockey Director. Therefore, in compliance with the New England District By Laws, I am stepping down from my role as President of CHC, effective immediately.

While I am honored to have been chosen to represent the District and am looking forward to my new role within the District and USA Hockey, I will truly miss serving as President of what I believe is one of the strongest Affiliates in USA Hockey. When I look back over the five years I have served as President of Connecticut Hockey, I cannot tell you the great pride I take in all we have accomplished together during that time. From the early implementation of the ADM to the development and expansion of Gotta Love CT Hockey, we have been a trailblazer within USA Hockey in many arenas. We were the first Affiliate in the nation to pilot the Try Hockey for Free programs, which has now become a core of USA Hockey's Grow the Game program. We have watched with pride as our teams competed for and won USA Hockey Championships at several levels. We have also had the pleasure of watching players we have developed compete in the Olympics and win NCAA Championships. In each of the last three seasons, we have seen the NHL season end with a Connecticut Hockey product hoisting the Stanley Cup.

This type of success does not come by chance. We are a volunteer organization and the success is a direct result of the hard work of our volunteers, parents and coaches. Throughout my time as President, I have consistently been impressed with the unity of the Connecticut Hockey community. While we have a very diverse socioeconomic and geographic make up to our membership, at the end of the day, we have created a culture where those distinctions are put aside on a regular basis for the good of Connecticut Hockey as whole. It is this hard work and culture which makes Connecticut such a strong and special Affiliate that I have felt fortunate to have the privilege to lead for the last five seasons.

Jarry Rasmussen, who has served as Vice President for the last five years, will be taking over as President in accordance with the CHC By Laws. During that time, Jarry has been strong partner in all we have done, and I have complete confidence that Jarry will continue to lead the Affiliate in a strong and positive manner. I will be a very active Director within the state, and will continue to handle several of the District functions, such as player development and tournaments, as Jim Lanza did so successfully during his time as Director.

In conclusion, words cannot express the thanks that I owe to each and every one of you for all the support and encouragement you have given me as President of Connecticut Hockey. This is a truly special place for hockey, and the role we serve in growing the game for the next generation is critical. I look forwarded to continuing that work in my new role.

Sincerely,
Tom Regan

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