Changes atop us, canada hockey organizations

(Jan. 16, 2017) - USA Hockey and Hockey Canada will undergo changes at the top levels of their organizations this summer. USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean announced he will retire on August 1 and Scott Smith will take over as Hockey Canada president July 1.

Dave OgreanOgrean was USA Hockey executive director since 2005 and also from 1993-99. During his tenure, U.S. teams captured 55 international medals (28 gold) and the number of players within USA Hockey more than doubled. The organization also created the American Development Model, established the National Team Development Program and constructed a new two-story national office complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Ogrean will remain with USA Hockey as an advisor and president Jim Smith hopes to have a replacement in time for USA Hockey's Annual Congress on June 7-10 in Colorado Springs.

"We've had someone in Dave Ogrean who has helped establish USA Hockey as truly one of the preeminent national governing bodies in America during his time as executive director," Smith said in a statement.

Scott SmithScott Smith has been with Hockey Canada since 1995 and was named Chief Operating Officer in 2007. He replaces Tom
 Renney, who will stay on as CEO.

"I want to play a role in trying to make sure we maintain our dominant position on the ice," Smith said in a CBC News interview, "and I also want to do everything I can to attract more participants to play hockey on an annual basis."

Smith said the most important goal is to get more people playing. He also hopes to get Hockey Canada programs for coaches and officials delivered to more people in those areas.