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Richard Gallant

Since inception, Richard Gallant has been the driving force to fulfill the USPHL's mission to prepare and develop players for college hockey and beyond.  Mr. Gallant has been instrumental in growing the USPHL each year --  expanding its geographic diversity as well as adding additional divisions to facilitate player development.

After being involved in various youth hockey organization in Massachusetts for over 15 years, Mr. Gallant became President of the Islanders Hockey Club (IHC)  in 2010.  

In August 2012, Mr. Gallant and Dr. Christopher Hopey, the President of Merrimack College, formed a partnership between the two institutions to affect, among other things, a new home rink for the Islander Hockey Club at the new Volpe Center on the campus of Merrimack College.  

Mr. Gallant’s current business interests include Chairman and Co-Founder of Global Technology Finance, LLC (a diversified financial services company).  He is also the Managing Member of Fibertech Medical, an endoscopic repair company.  Up until December 2001, Mr. Gallant served as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston where he worked with private equity firms and private and public companies in structuring and financing LBOs, providing M&A advice, executing IPOs and executing sell side M&A processes to help monetize client investments. 

Mr. Gallant earned his BA in Economics from Colgate University, holds a Master's of Science degree in Accounting , and received his MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. 

NCDC Deputy Commissioner

Dave Peters

The USPHL welcomed Dave Peters as the NCDC Deputy Commissioner in September of 2017.  Dave has an extensive hockey background that spans more than 20 years at the Division 1 collegiate level, including five years as the top assistant at Providence College and 15 years as the Associate/Assistant Coach at Dartmouth College.   Peters has recruited, coached and helped to develop many college and pro players including 16 that have played in the NHL.  Dartmouth called Peters “one of the most accomplished assistant coaches and recruiters in the country” who “has a proven record for improving programs and helping to develop players.”

Peters is responsible for managing/developing USPHL relationships with NCAA Collegiate Coaches/Institutions, NHL scouts, and Advisors. He also assists the USPHL in the development and implementation of NCDC operation model/brand strategy including game protocols, the USPHL player development model and recruiting/marketing strategies.

Director of Hockey Operations

Director of Scheduling/League Statistics

George Kelly

Kelly has been involved in hockey administration for over 30 years. He came to the sport in the late ‘80s when his oldest son decided that there was nothing more important in life than hockey.

Starting as a team manager for both of his sons’ teams, he took on more responsibilities as the boys grew in the sport. At various points he was Treasurer, VP of Fundraising and President of the Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins Hockey Association. His youngest son played his last organized game in March 1994 but, unlike many parents, he decided to stay involved and continued to serve as an officer in the PAPHA organization.

Kelly’s foray into Junior Hockey began in 1997, when he purchased a franchise in the Metro Junior “A” Hockey League in Southern Ontario. He owned and managed the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins team for one season as a non pay to play entity. The team was a casualty of the Metro League’s 1998 absorption into the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

In 1998, the Pittsburgh Junior Penguins were accepted into the Empire Junior Hockey League, where he owned/managed the team through the 2007-08 season. Kelly took on the Treasurer’s Position for the Empire League and later added the role of VP of Operations, a position that he held until the merger of that League into the USPHL in June 2013.

Post merger, Kelly joined the USPHL League Office and handles all of the statistical detail that underlies the operation of the League.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds an MS in Probability and Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. In June, 2005 he retired from a successful 32 year career as a Consulting Actuary and now devotes full time to his wife, 8 grandchildren and the USPHL, not always in that  order.

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Director of Finance

Debra T. Madden, CPA

Deb is a Manager at David E. Tully & Associates, PA.  She has extensive experience in audit and accounting services, tax planning and compliance for proprietorships, partnerships, trusts and closely-held corporations and as well as management consulting.  She specializes in working with closely-held businesses in a wide variety of industries.

Deb has been with the firm for over twenty years, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rivier College.  She is a member of the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants.   She has been involved as the treasurer/controller of numerous not for profit organizations.

Her responsibilities include day-to-day finances of both the USPHL and the Islanders Hockey Club as well oversight of  budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting.

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