Dave Ogrean, who has overseen an era of unprecedented growth and success as executive director of USA Hockey, will retire on Aug. 1, the organization announced Thursday.
Ogrean has led the organization since 2005 and also held the position from 1993-99. During his tenure U.S. teams captured 55 medals in major international competition and USA Hockey established its National Team Development Program that has produced a number of NCAA stars.
Ogrean also played an instrumental role in the creation and ongoing success of College Hockey Inc.
“Dave has been a tremendous leader for USA Hockey and we wish him all the best in his retirement,” College Hockey Inc. Executive Director Mike Snee said. "His leadership and guidance were critical to the establishment of College Hockey Inc. in 2009. Dave has always shared our vision of continuing the growth and impact of NCAA hockey in the United States for the benefit of the entire sport."
The number of U.S. players has more than doubled during Ogrean’s tenure as executive director. The organization has created the American Development Model and the USA Hockey Foundation purchased USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
Ogrean will remain with USA Hockey in an advisory capacity after stepping down. A national search for a new executive director will begin immediately.