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The Hockey Commissioners Association announced Tuesday that Nate Ewell has been appointed to the position of interim executive director of College Hockey Inc.

“We are extremely pleased to announce Nate’s promotion to his new position knowing that he is an experienced professional who is highly regarded at both the pro and collegiate levels of hockey,” said HCA president Steve Hagwell in a statement. “CHI will be well served by his expertise in the media, communications, marketing and promotional creativity.”

Prior to joining the staff of College Hockey Inc. in January 2011, Ewell served as the VP of communications for the Washington Capitals. In eight seasons with the Caps, he led a staff that captured four consecutive Dick Dillman Awards as the top media relations group in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

A 1996 graduate of Princeton, where he was the sports editor of the campus newspaper, Ewell went on to become the assistant sports information director at Michigan State where he served as the principal media contact for the hockey program.

Ewell’s hiring comes on the heels of Paul Kelly resigning his position with College Hockey Inc. on Monday.