President and Commissioner
Mark Frankenfeld has served as the Commissioner and President of the North American Hockey League since 2007. 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 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 24 teams representing 14 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, the creation of the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament and the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which is made up of Midget Major and Minor teams that compete at the Tier I youth level. Nine 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).
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 and wife Kira have two daughters, Charlee and Bella. Frankenfeld also has a son, Brody.
Director, Sales and Marketing
Alex Kyrias has served as the Director of Communications, Marketing and Sales for the North American Hockey League since the Spring of 2010. Kyrias oversees all marketing, social media, website, editorial content, public and media relations for the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL, as well as, all league-wide broadcasting, equipment supplier, sales and partnership initiatives. Kyrias can be heard on various league-wide broadcasting initiatives including 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, have two daughters, Dorothy and Ellie.
Director, NCAA Compliance and Education
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.
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 and his wife Andrea have three children, Olivia, Braeden and Jace.
Director, Finance and Administration
Shannon Smith has served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the North American Hockey League since 2014. Smith also serves as the Event Coordinator and handles league merchandising.
Prior to joining the NAHL, 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.
Director, Hockey Operations
Blake MacNicol has served as the Manager of Hockey Operations for the NAHL in various capacities since 2013. MacNicol also served as the Associate Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League and the Commissioner of the NA3AHL during the 2016-17 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 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.
Director, Player Personnel
Dennis Vickers joined the NAHL as the Director of Player Personnel on June 13, 2022 and will oversee all player personnel and scouting initiatives for the NAHL and NA3HL, in addition to being the Director of the NAPHL. After his playing career ended at Saint Mary's University in Minnesota, Vickers attended Miami (OH) University. At Miami University, Vickers served as a Graduate Assistant where he coached the ACHA team and worked closely with the team and staff of the NCAA Division I program. After going to back-to-back ACHA National Tournaments and completing his master's degree in Sport Behavior and Performance (Sport Psychology), he moved to Nashville to take over as Director of Hockey Operations for the Nashville Predators Youth Organization. Vickers is a USA Hockey Level IV coach and has coached every level from youth hockey to college. He has also worked a variety of USA Hockey National Select Camps and worked with USA Hockey's Youth Development staff.
Director, Digital Media and Broadcasting
Vinnie Perricelli has provided the North American Hockey League (NAHL) family of leagues digital media content since 2017. He is responsible for all league-wide video based initiatives and shows, and serves as the host for Today in the NA, the 3 Show, and PHL 2 Nite.
Previously, 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.
Coordinator, Hockey Administration
Joel Plattner is joining the NAHL team for the 2018-19 season and will serve as the Coordinator of Hockey Operations/Administration for the North American Hockey
He will assume a variety of responsibilities for the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL, including daily/weekly hockey operations reports and LeagueStat administration, as well as league showcase and event assistance.
Joel graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Manager, Digital Media and Design
Brandon Hofstra joins the NAHL staff during the 2021-22 season and will serve as the Manager of Digital Media and Design.
Prior to the NAHL, Hofstra spent four seasons with the Omaha Lancers (USHL) as the Director of Media Relations and Broadcasters. Within that role, Hofstra’s duties included coordinating all social media, graphic design, communications and press releases, video editing, and broadcasting all Lancers home and away games including playoffs.
Hofstra is a graduate of Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Journalism.
Coordinator, Digital Media
Christian Larson joins the NAHL team for the 2022-2023 season and will serve as the Coordinator of Digital Media.
Previously, Christian served the role as Gameday Content Intern for the NAHL, with duties that include writing stories of player advancement, filming live coverage of NAHL events, and posting on social media.
Prior to the NAHL, Christian worked for Wave Sports + Entertainment as a content manager, creating and posting digital media content to social media channels.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, he graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications in the fall of 2021.
Director, Player Safety
Marc Faucette has headed up the NAHL's Department of Player Safety since 2015. 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 Director of Officiating, Keith Kaval.
Faucette played both high school and Division II college hockey. 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.
On March 9, 2022, Kendall Hanley was hired as the full-time Manager of Officiating of the NAHL and as the Director of Officials for the NAPHL.
In her fourteen-year career, Kendall Hanley has officiated games at the local, district, national, professional, and international level. Her national experience spans NCAA DI and DIII (WCHA. MIAC, WIAC), Junior leagues (USHL, NAHL, NA3HL) and men's and women's professional hockey leagues (AHL, CWHL, PHF, PWHPA). On the international side, Hanley has officiated numerous tournaments around the world for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), including the 2019 U18 Women's World Championship in Slovakia (Bronze Medal Game), the 2021 Women's World Championship in Canada (Bronze Medal Game), and most recently the Women's Ice Hockey tournament at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China where she was selected to work the Gold Medal Game.
Hanley has broken down numerous barriers for women in the officiating world. She was the first woman to work at the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship, in addition to two NAHL Top Prospects Tournaments (2021, 2019). She was one of the first four female officials to work at an NHL Prospect Tournament (2019, Traverse City, Michigan), and was additionally selected to work the 2021 NHL Prospect Tournament in Tampa Bay. In December, she became the first female to officiate a professional hockey game in Wisconsin, as part of the AHL's first class of ten female officials. She was the first woman to earn the 2021 Ben Allison Award, given annually to an official in the USA Hockey Officiating Developmental Program.
A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Hanley found her passion for officiating after completing her four-year NCAA playing career for the Elmira College Soaring Eagles and Oswego State Lakers. She currently resides in Minnesota.
Kim Cannon Intern
On June 2, 2022, Tyler was selected as the second recipient of the Kim Cannon Internship. The Kim Cannon Internship was established back on June 2, 2021 by the NAHL, in cooperation with Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach and former NAHL head coach Jon Cooper and is intended for a recent college graduate interested in pursuing a career in sports. Giwerowski is originally from Bensalem, Pennsylvania. He is a 2022 graduate of Rider University located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with a degree of Business in Sports Management and The Organization of Psychology. During his time at Rider, Giwerowski was employed as a Hockey Instructor with the Madison Square Garden Company within the Junior Rangers Program, and also served as an intern during the Summer of 2020 as a Student associate in the Fan Development department for the New York Rangers. In addition, Giwerowski was a member of the ACHA Division II Club Ice Hockey Team at Rider where he was the Public Relations Officer, Team Captain, and the Team President. He was also an Intern for the Metropolitan Riveters within the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) where he worked in Game Day Operations.