Josh Fenton talks about taking Summit League commissioner job, helping create the NCHC and more

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Josh Fenton is in his ninth year as Commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Josh Fenton was a senior associate athletic director at Miami University when he applied to become the NCHC's first commissioner. He did not get the job, but months before the conference's first season in 2013, the job opened back up and he was asked to become the commissioner.

On Dec. 3, he announced he will be leaving the NCHC at the end of this season to become the commissioner of the Summit League. He discusses what it was like starting the conference, the success of the Frozen Faceoff tournament, his most challenging stretch as commissioner, what makes a good commissioner and more with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten and Jess Myers.

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Podcast Timestamps:

2:40 the process that led to getting Summit League commissioner position


5:26 challenges with becoming a commissioner of a multisport conference after being in charge of a single sport conference

8:10 the start of the NCHC and becoming the commissioner

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17:57 the success of the Frozen Faceoff

20:30 the most challenging stretch as NCHC commissioner

23:15 could NCHC merge with Summit League

25:28 what makes a good commissioner

29:00 not being able to show emotion at conference games

30:43 how, CBS Sports Network, social media has helped fan engagement

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.
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