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NAHL names Denny Scanlon as Deputy Commissioner

September 20, 2022

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce that Denny Scanlon has been named the league’s new Deputy Commissioner.

“I am thrilled to be returning to the NAHL. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of a league where so many players enter uncommitted and leave with an NCAA scholarship. I am enthusiastic about the NAHL's future and am looking forward to contributing to its further growth and development,” said Scanlon.

For the past four seasons, Scanlon had served as the Deputy Commissioner for the United States Hockey League (USHL). Scanlon is no stranger to the NAHL, as from 2009-2018, he served as the Vice-President of Hockey Operations for the league. In that role, he oversaw all aspects of hockey operations for the NAHL and provided counsel to member teams on compliance with League rules and Bylaws. He was also responsible for the preparation, review, and negotiation of a variety of legal documents for the NAHL.

“We are excited to have Denny back with the NAHL. Denny has a very good understanding and knowledge of our three leagues and was a valuable component in helping us build them into what they are today,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “His addition comes at a very opportune time as our leagues continue to grow and flourish and provide more opportunity, and Denny will be a valuable addition in helping build­ the infrastructure to guide us into the future.”

Scanlon has vast experience at all levels of hockey, including the National Hockey League, where he served as an amateur scout for the New York Islanders from 2008-2011. Prior to joining the Islanders, Scanlon spent five years as Hockey Operations Coordinator for the Minnesota Wild from 2000-2005.

From 2006 through 2009, Scanlon worked for the Minneapolis law firm of Holmes and Associates, where he practiced in the areas of Real Estate and Corporate Law.

Scanlon graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 2000 and earned his Law Degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN in 2006.

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