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Dave Ogrean Announces Retirement After Combined 18 Years As USA Hockey Executive Director

By Brandon Penny | Jan. 12, 2017, 2:21 p.m. (ET)

Dave Ogrean addresses the media during a press conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 29, 2013 in New York City.

Dave Ogrean first served as USA Hockey executive director from 1993-99 and later returned to the position in 2005. Today, USA Hockey announced Ogrean is leaving the role again, but this time for good.

Ogrean will retire effective Aug. 1 after a combined 18 years as head of the national governing body, a period which saw the organization’s players more than double and the women’s team medal at every Olympic Winter Games.

“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,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “Over this last 12-year period since he returned and during his previous time in the position in the 90s, Dave has had an extraordinary impact on advancing our organization and growing the sport. I know he’s looking forward to retirement, but we’re very happy he’s agreed to stay on board in an advisory role to help in the transition, and going forward with fundraising efforts and other projects that arise. His positive impact on USA Hockey will continue to be felt for a long, long time.”

Ogrean serves on the United States Olympic Committee board of directors, a role he began in December 2010, and is also on the board for the Broadmoor World Arena, as well as a member of El Pomar Foundation’s Pikes Peak Council.

A veteran of the Olympic Movement for more than 30 years, Ogrean began his professional career as USA Hockey’s director of public relations from 1978-80.

“Dave Ogrean has had a far-reaching and significant impact on the world of sport. His passion and commitment have been evident in every role he has taken on, and both USA Hockey and the USOC are better because of him,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Congratulations to Dave for an extremely distinguished career, and we look forward to his continued involvement on our board.”

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USA Hockey benefitted in numerous ways with Ogrean as its leader.

During his time as executive director, Team USA earned 55 medals at major international competitions, including 28 golds, 17 silvers and 10 bronzes. U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Teams earned five medals under Ogrean, highlighted by the women’s gold at their Olympic debut in 1998.

Ogrean also oversaw the creation of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, which launched in 1996 to identify elite under-18 ice hockey players and help them develop skills and gain experience. The program was relocated in 2015 when the USA Hockey Foundation purchased USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

Continuing to emphasize the importance of youth hockey, USA Hockey launched the American Development Model in 2009. The ADM is a nationwide initiative that provides local associations across the country a blueprint for optimal athlete development that focuses on age-appropriate training. It places a heightened emphasis on skill development and long-term athlete development principles.

“I’ve been very fortunate to work with the best volunteers and staff anyone could ask for, in a sport that I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with,” said Ogrean. “Together, we've accomplished many terrific things. I’m happy to remain involved to assist Jim (Smith) and my successor, and know the best days for USA Hockey are ahead. But I look forward to having time for pursuits I’ve put off the last several years, including in the Colorado Springs community.”

Ogrean has been recognized as one of the Top 50 People of Power and Influence by The Hockey News every year since 2006 and was among the Sporting News’ Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports when the publication did such rankings in the 1990s.