President and Commissioner
With professional experience spanning nearly three decades in sports marketing, publishing, sales, media relations, and management, Fallen assumed the League’s leadership position in June 2014. He is just the third Commissioner for the USHL in the past 20 years.
Fallen most recently managed the U.S. trade marketing efforts for Reebok-CCM Hockey – the world’s largest hockey equipment manufacturing company and equipment supplier to many leagues including the NHL, AHL, and USHL. In his position, Fallen was responsible for executing retail product launches, strategic account planning, media promotion, and maintaining various league alliances.
Prior to his stint with Reebok-CCM, Fallen’s career included several hockey business related endeavors including retail and event venue graphics, magazine publishing, corporate sponsorship, and event management. His professional experience includes serving as Associate Publisher for USA Hockey Magazine andMinnesota Hockey Journal along with developing the partnership development efforts for Minnesota Hockey and the Hobey Baker Memorial Award – college hockey’s top individual honor.
Fallen has also been heavily involved in hockey at the amateur level. He served for several years on the USA Hockey Marketing Council, supporting various initiatives in marketing, sponsorship, media, and membership development. He has also been a board member for the Upper Midwest High School Elite League, a Minnesota-based league for top high school hockey talent that has helped produce a number of players that have moved on to play in the USHL. Fallen led an effort that significantly increased the Elite League’s sponsorship and media efforts. In a personal role, he is the Director of Skaters Keep Achieving Thru Education(S.K.A.T.E.), a non-profit organization devoted to promoting academic achievement among youth hockey players.
Coming to the USHL marks a return to the Chicago area for Fallen as he is a native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois and began his professional career in the area after graduating from nearby Northern Illinois University. Early career opportunities encompassed roles for a number of sports management and promotion companies, including International Management Group, Kemper Sports, and Sport F/X, an agency he started which had a client roster that included the National Hockey League, USA Hockey, and United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Fallen and his wife, Kathy, have two children, a daughter Kelley (25) and son Thomas (23). Kelley played NCAA hockey at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and was a four-year letter winner, including serving as a captain during her senior season in 2011. Thomas spent two seasons playing in the USHL for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2009-11) and helped the team capture the regular season Anderson Cup title in 2010-11. He is now entering his fourth season of college hockey at Yale University and was recently named captain of the Bulldogs for 2014-15. He was part of the school’s first-ever NCAA Ice Hockey Championship in 2013 and is among the school’s all-time scoring leaders for defensemen.
Ellis T. "Skip" Prince, III served as the President and Commissioner of the USHL for six years (2008-14), helping the League reach new heights as it flourished on both the business and hockey side of the sport.
The native of Virginia came to the USHL from The Prince Companies, a consulting firm he started in 2004. Prior to starting his practice, Prince was a senior advisor to the Canadian Football League, and from 2001-2003 served as president and chief executive officer of the Montreal Alouettes, where he oversaw the repositioning of the franchise (and, in 2002, the club's first Grey Cup in 25 years). While in Montreal, Prince was named to a list of the "Top Ten Most Influential People in Canadian Sport."
On the hockey side, his resume is similarly impressive; Prince spent nine years as vice president of the National Hockey League (1991-2000), where he was responsible for the league and team television and business operations, as well as many of its business development initiatives including NHL International. He has also been the vice president of Anschutz Properties, precursor to AEG and the parent company of the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings as well as teams and venues worldwide.
Prince graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a double major in political science and anthropology. He was a member of the Bulldogs' varsity football and tennis teams, and earned honors as a National Merit Scholar, Yale Scholar, and a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. He is a 1977 graduate with honors of the University of Virginia School of Law.
Vice President of Business Operations
Joe Macdonell joined the USHL office in July 2010. His experience in the sports industry spans over 25 years, and covers the full array of team management functions including ticket sales, operations, and financial management. For the past three years, he has served as the Vice President of Business Operations for the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer (MLS).
The Homer Glen, Illinois native began his career in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets. He was a key member of the club's management team in the early 1990's when ticket sales surged under legendary NBA executive Jon Spoelstra. As Vice President of Ticket Operations for the Nets, Macdonell was one of the youngest vice presidents in the NBA. He also served as part of the senior management team that turned around the MLS's New York/New Jersey MetroStars, now known as the Red Bulls.
Macdonell earned an MBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 while also holding a bachelor's degree in accounting from Seton Hall University.
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Brian Werger joined the USHL in April 2009 and he manages daily communication efforts with outreach to both regional and national media outlets in addition to overseeing the content of USHL.com and social media platforms.
Werger has spent more than 15 years in the hockey industry at both the team and league levels. He was the Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Pittsburgh Penguins for two seasons which included a trip to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals and 2008 Winter Classic. Prior to his time in the NHL, Werger worked in the office of the United Hockey League (UHL) coordinating the league’s media relations efforts from 2003-07. He first began his career in hockey with the Quad City Mallards of the UHL as the Director of Business Operations/Game Operations. Werger was a member of the staff for five seasons which included the team’s Colonial Cup championship in 2001.
The native of Keota, Iowa earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA) and was a member of the men’s basketball team for three seasons, twice receiving Academic All-Conference honors. Werger resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Director of Hockey Operations
Adam Micheletti joined the USHL in August 2013 and oversees all hockey administrative duties, including communication with USHL Member Clubs and USA Hockey on player eligibility matters. He also has a lead role in marketing and player development events conducted by the League, such as tournaments, annual combines, and presentations to USHL prospects.
Micheletti brings a wealth of knowledge to the USHL office as he spent the last three seasons serving as the Director of Hockey and Business Operations for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. In that role, he supported the coaching staff in scouting, recruiting, and player personnel decisions, in addition to budget management and hockey administrative functions. He also worked closely with the business side of the organization to support its overall sales and marketing efforts. During his time in Dubuque, Micheletti was part of two Clark Cup championships, including the 2012-13 season when the Saints also captured the regular season Anderson Cup title.
Micheletti also has experience at the NHL level as he interned with the Washington Capitals, working with the team’s hockey operations staff. He was involved in multiple areas, including data and salary cap analysis, organizing player contract information, and additional data associated with the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement.
He is a 2007 graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Leadership. Adam is the son of former NHL player and coach Joe Micheletti who is now a television analyst for the New York Rangers in addition to radio and television work with the NHL.
Manager, USHL Player Development
Hofmann joined the USHL in August 2013 as he focuses on a lead role with USHL Player Development to help identify and evaluate prospects for the League. He serves as the USHL’s top scout, attending tournaments throughout the United States to see young talent while also educating players and parents about the opportunities available in the USHL. He also helps conduct the USHL Player Combines and showcase events hosted by the League throughout the year.
Hofmann has roots in the USHL as he played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 1999-2000 season before embarking on his collegiate career. He also spent the last three seasons in the League as assistant coach with the Tri-City Storm. In addition to his coaching duties, he was the team’s Director of Recruiting.
The Minnesota native played college hockey at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (2000-04) and was an all-conference selection during his senior year at the Division III school. He began his coaching career at St. Mary’s upon graduation and spent four more years with the program before joining the coaching staff at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota in 2008. Hofmann helped the program compile a 20-7-5 record in conference play over two seasons (2008-10).
Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations
Dave Siciliano rejoined the USHL in 2011, making a return to a league where he left his mark as one of the best coaches USHL history. He spent 15 seasons behind the bench and ranks third all-time in coaching victories (522), one of just four USHL coaches to reach the 500-win milestone.
Siciliano was the head coach of the Thunder Bay Flyers in the USHL for seven seasons (1986-93) compiling an impressive 249-77-10 record during that stretch. The club won more than 30 games in each of those seven seasons (the USHL played just a 48-game schedule at that time), including a pair of 40-win seasons. Siciliano led the Flyers to the Anderson Cup four times in a span of five seasons and won consecutive Clark Cup titles (1988, 1989). He was named the USHL Coach of the Year on three occasions while in Thunder Bay.
His second USHL coaching stint was eight seasons (2000-08) with the Sioux City Musketeers where he totaled a 273-260-44 record, becoming the club’s all-time winningest coach. Siciliano led the Musketeers to a 41-16-4 record during the 2001-02 regular season and went on to win the third Clark Cup title in team history. His USHL career winning percentage of .675 ranks fourth all-time in League history.
Siciliano resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario with his wife, Carol.