Mark Frankenfeld is in his seventh full year as commissioner of the North American Hockey League and his 16th 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 tenure, the NAHL has stabilized into one of only two non-tuition-based premier developmental junior leagues in the country. During that seven-year 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 11 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 creation of the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament and the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which is made up of 32 Midget Major and Minor teams that compete at the Tier I youth level.
Three 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 helped expand the NA3HL to 22 teams that now compete at the Tier III Junior level, which includes a new division in the South and one planned in the West.
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 Frisco, Texas with his wife, Kira. Frankenfeld has a son, Brody, and two daughters, Charlee and Bella.
Denny Scanlon is in his fifth season as Director of Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs for the North American Hockey League.
Scanlon oversees NAHL compliance to all league and USA Hockey rules and regulations, all foreign and domestic transactions, player registration and league discipline. Additionally, Scanlon serves as director of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) and as Vice-President of Hockey Operations for NA3HL (NA3HL).
Scanlon has vast experience at all levels of hockey, including the National Hockey League (NHL), where he served as an amateur scout for the New York Islanders from 2008-11. Prior to joining the Islanders, Scanlon spent five years as a member of the Minnesota Wild's hockey operations department from 2000-2005. From 2006 thru 2009 Scanlon worked for the Minneapolis law firm of Holmes and Associates, where he practiced in the areas of Real Estate and Municipal Law.
Scanlon graduated from Miami University in 2000 and earned his Law Degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2006. Scanlon currently resides in Plano, Texas.
Alex Kyrias is in his fourth season as Director of Communications and Marketing for the North American Hockey League. Kyrias oversees all public and media relations for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL, as well as, all league-wide broadcasting, marketing, corporate partnership, equipment supplier and sales 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 and 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 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He and his wife, Dory, reside in Flower Mound, Texas, along with their daughter Dorothy.
Fraser Ritchie is in his sixth year with the North American Hockey League with his role as Director of Hockey Administration.
Ritchie oversees league logistics, scheduling, operations and daily support for member organizations and league operations. He also oversees the tracking and accuracy of all statistics and standings for the NAHL, NAPHL and NA3HL as the Pointstreak administrator. Additionally, Ritchie serves as assistant director to the NAPHL.
Ritchie has served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Junior Hockey Association and the Allen High School Hockey Club, Advisor to the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League and served as President of the North Texas Hockey League for three years. Away from the rink, the former minor league hockey player spent 38 years with Nortel Networks, specializing in engineering sales support, project management of large multi-million dollar programs and customer service.
He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Allen, Texas.
Sara Danielson is in her third season with the North American Hockey League as the Integrated Marketing Manager. She helps to manage and coordinate all league-wide marketing, design and corporate partner sales initiatives, as well as oversees all league-wide merchandise development and sales.
In addition, Danielson also directs all hotel and hospitality partnerships for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL. She also oversees equipment supplier programs for the NA3HL and NAPHL and assists with league public relations and community outreach projects.
Previous to the NAHL, Sara built her hockey career in the American Hockey League for the former Iowa Stars and Iowa Chops. During her time with the two teams in Des Moines, she was the in-house designer, executed sponsorship promotions, designed LED graphics for game entertainment purposes and strategized for future corporate sponsorships. While she was interning in the AHL, Sara attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where she studied Advertising, graduating with a B.A. in 2010. After graduating college, she spent a year working for Apple, Inc.
Sara is originally from of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but now resides in Frisco, Texas.
Craig Barnett, a former professional hockey player with 20 years of coaching and administration experience at the NCAA I, II, and III level, joined the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL as Coordinator of Player Personnel in 2012.
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.
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. In addition, Barnett is also the Commissioner of the American Lacrosse Conference, a league who has won seven of the past nine NCAA I Championships, as well as a Family Advisor with Cardinal Sports Management. Craig resides in Erie, PA with his wife Andrea and 3 children, Olivia, Braeden and Jace.
Chris Allman is in his second season as Officiating Coordinator for the NAHL and NA3HL. Allman's main responsibilities will include supervising, evaluating and coordinating all the officials within the NAHL and NA3HL.
Allman is no stranger to officiating or the supervisory role at the league level. For the past four years, Allman has been the Director of Officiating for the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League (AMHL), a Tier III junior league.
His responsibilities included educating and developing on ice officials through evaluations and observation. Allman has a wide array of experience on the ice as an official where for the past 10 years he has worked professionally in the AHL, ECHL, CHL and SPHL as a referee or linesman. He also has on-ice experience at both the NAHL and USHL levels.
Chris resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.