President & Commissioner
Tom Garrity was appointed as the ninth President & Commissioner in USHL history in May 2018.
Garrity was chosen to lead the USHL following a successful 25-year career in sports administration and sales. Since 2012-13, he has served as the CEO and President of the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede and Sioux Falls Sports, LLC, which also encompasses the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball club. After Garrity joined the Stampede, the team increased their overall attendance by 116% and became the only team in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) to be named USHL Organization of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2013-14 & 2014-15). Garrity was named USHL Executive of the Year in 2014-15 after the Stampede set several team and league attendance records, and captured the 2015 Clark Cup championship.
Under Garrity in 2015-16, the Stampede set the USHL single season attendance record, drawing 200,597 fans over 30 games at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, an average of 6,687 fans per game. The Stampede average was not only tops among all USHL teams but was one of the best averages in all of college and minor professional hockey. Most recently, Sioux Falls averaged 6,563 fans per game in 2017-18, once again leading the USHL.
In his first two seasons with the Canaries, Garrity was instrumental in increasing the team’s overall attendance by 85%. In his first season with the team, the Canaries saw an increase of 72% from the previous year, one of the largest increases in all of professional baseball. In his second season, the Canaries increased their attendance by another 23%, the second highest of any independent baseball team.
In addition to his work in Sioux Falls, Garrity is the founder of Quan Sports Marketing LLC, a sports consulting firm specializing in leading sports franchises in the areas of revenue generation, expense and operations management. Quan's clients have included the NHL, NBA, WNBA, Minnesota Wild (NHL), Houston Aeros (AHL), and Arizona Coyotes (NHL). In 2010, Quan Sports was hired by the Coyotes to oversee the ticket, suite and corporate partnership departments.
In 2009, Garrity was hired by the MLB’s Houston Astros as Senior Vice President of Sales and was responsible for ticket, suite and corporate sales. The Astros experienced strong growth in the areas of corporate sales, season and group ticket sales. Garrity was instrumental in developing a strong sales culture and instituting new ticketing platforms that drove new fans.
Garrity worked for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild from 2003-2008 and held dual duties as President of the Houston Aeros hockey club, the AHL affiliate of the Wild, and the Minnesota Swarm, a member of the National Lacrosse League. In 2007, additional responsibilities included overseeing the Wild's Corporate Sales/Service and Suite Sales and Service projects. Garrity was named NLL Marketing Executive of the Year for 2006-07 and Executive of the Year in 2007-2008, after increasing average Swarm attendance by more than 1,000 fans per game.
Prior to joining the Aeros, Garrity served as President of the AHL’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. He was named the second President in franchise history in 2001, after spending the previous two seasons as the club's Senior Vice President. In his first season as President in 2001-02, the Mighty Ducks attracted a franchise-record 218,384 fans. In 2002-03, Cincinnati established franchise records in sponsorship, season ticket and group sales.
Garrity’s long and successful career in sports administration has also included occupation with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars (NHL), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), San Jose Clash (MLS) and the University of Minnesota.
Garrity is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and is a native of Prairie du Chien, WI. He and his wife, Gina, have 4 children: Caitlyn, Connor, Ceira, and Cameron.
Denny Scanlon was named the USHL's Deputy Commissioner in August 2018.
In his role with the USHL, Scanlon is responsible for leading all aspects of USHL hockey operations and other USHL events such as the USHL Development Series.
Scanlon comes to the nation’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league from the North American Hockey League (NAHL), where he spent the past nine seasons as the Vice-President of Hockey Operations. 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.
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 the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN in 2006.
Vice President of Finance & Operations
Morgan joined the league office prior to the 2016-17 season, and served as Staff Accountant for more than a year before being promoted to Director of Finance and Accounting in November 2017, becoming the first female league director since 2008.
Morgan oversees all accounting and financial functions of the league office, including, but not limited to: financial report analysis, event budgeting and finance, officiating financial administration, and business handlings with league sponsors and licensees.
Morgan joined the USHL prior to the 2016-17 season after more than three years of Finance Specialist experience at a private bank. Her sports career began as a Staff Intern with the Windy City Thunderbolts in the Frontier League. She holds a Masters degree in Accounting from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Eastern Illinois University. Morgan currently resides in Orland Park, IL.
Director of Hockey Operations
Rand joined the USHL in August 2016 as the Director of Hockey Operations. Rand is responsible for league operations including dissemination of rules and regulations related to roster management, affiliate and injured reserve lists, player safety, transactions, and international transfers. The league’s Hockey Operations department has oversight responsibilities over events, licensing and management of league relationships with vendors that provide services for statistics, player databases, online streaming and player equipment.
Rand comes to the USHL after spending eight seasons with the National Hockey League in a variety of roles. For the past five seasons, Rand served in the NHL’s Department of Player Safety where he was involved in the monitoring of player conduct during league games and preparing presentations for GMs, the NHL Board of Governors and Competition Committee. He was also involved in managing the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend’s Skills Competition.
In an earlier role with the NHL, Rand served as the Coordinator of Direct & Digital Marketing where he was involved in the marketing of Game Center Live, the league’s online game streaming service.
Originally from Roslyn, NY, Rand graduated from New York University with a degree in Sports Management. Rand currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Director of Media and Communications
Meske recently completed his first season as Media Relations Coordinator for the USHL’s Chicago Steel where he was responsible for developing local media relationships, running the Steel’s social media accounts, writing game recaps and press releases and managing the team website. With the USHL, Meske will serve as the point of contact for all media matters, including leading media efforts at the NHL Draft, USHL Combines and Clark Cup Final.
The 24-year old previously served as Media Relations Assistant for the Steel during the end of the 2017-2018 season when the team was named the USHL Media Team of the Year.
A 2017 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Meske’s previous experience includes serving as a Game Night Public Relations Assistant for the Chicago Blackhawks as well as Public Relations Internships with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Chicago Sky (WNBA) and Chicago Bandits (NPF).
Meske is a native of Elgin, Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Journalism in 2017.
Director of Player Personnel
As Director of Player Personnel, Curadi will be responsible for supervision and execution of USHL combines as well as USHL Development series Youth Tournaments in addition to communicating with potential players, parents and advisors on behalf of the league.
Curadi, 28, has a wealth of hockey experience both on and off the ice. The Meriden, Conn. native joins the USHL after three seasons with member club Green Bay Gamblers as the Eastern USA Scout. With the Gamblers, Curadi focused on scouting various leagues across North America and identifying talent for the USHL Draft. He has also worked for the International Scouting Services (ISS Hockey) for the past three seasons as an AHL and NCAA Scout with a focus on finding talent for the NHL, AHL, and NCAA Division I levels as well as evaluating NHL Draft-eligible players, pro free agents and NCAA free agents.
Curadi also served as an Eastern USA Scout with the Jamestown Rebels (North American Hockey League) for the last three seasons.
The former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) defenseman served as the team’s alternate captain during his senior season and appeared on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men’s All-Academic Team in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Curadi was also responsible for developing a relationship between RPI and the United Heroes League.
Curadi formerly played in the USHL as a member of the Clark Cup Champion Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 2010-11 season when the defenseman served as alternate captain and registered 11 points (2-9-11) during the regular season. Curadi went on to play for the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL) during the 2015-16 season after his time at RPI. That season, he earned the Team Community Service Award after attending community outreach events including radiothons, ball hockey games and presentations about life as an NCAA athlete.
Manager of Hockey Operations
Morgan joined the USHL in October 2017. He will oversee roster transactions, official scoring reports, support the player safety initiatives, enforce USA Hockey rules and regulations, as well as help in the organization and planning of the league events.
Morgan comes to the USHL after a six-year career as an official that spanned the American Hockey League (AHL), ECHL and Central Hockey League (CHL). His career highlights include working four ECHL Kelly Cup Championship series and one CHL championship series. In addition to his career as a linesman, Morgan worked IIHF, USHL and NAHL games through the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program. Morgan was a linesman in the USHL from 2007-2012.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Morgan studied at Saint Louis University and graduated with a degree in Business Management in 2011. Morgan currently resides in Chicago, IL.
As manager of USA Hockey’s junior officiating development program, Scott Zelkin guides all aspects of the USHL’s officiating program, including assignment and evaluation as well as recruitment and retention.
Zelkin has an extensive on-ice background that made him one of the most highly-accomplished officials in the United States. After three seasons as a referee in the USHL and graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Finance, the Chicago native went on to an officiating career in higher levels of hockey, culminating as a referee in the NHL. In addition to working in the NHL, he has over 1,000 games to his credit in the AHL and IHL, as well as having officiated in multiple IIHF World Championships and the 1990 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.
Zelkin also spent numerous years working as an instructor in USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program helping to train some of the best young officials in the United States. His contributions to hockey earned him an induction to the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame.
Away from the rink, Zelkin is a competitive triathlete that has completed multiple IRONMAN races. He qualified for and raced in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships.
Scott currently resides in suburban Chicago with his wife and two sons.
Director of Player Safety
As the Director of Player Safety, LaRue will serve as the Chairman of the Player Safety Committee. LaRue will also administer player supplemental discipline for all games in accordance with the league’s player safety initiative. The player safety initiative is a cumulative penalty system designed to track, intervene and establish standards for supplemental discipline in instances of dangerous play, particularly for repeat offenders.
LaRue, a native of Spokane, Washington, joins the USHL after serving as an NHL referee for 1,222 games, the most by any American referee and ranked eighth overall all-time as of his retirement in 2016. LaRue began his NHL career as a referee in 1991 and went on to officiate the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, becoming only the second-ever American to referee a Stanley Cup Final. He also officiated the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, 2003 NHL All-Star Game and the Olympics in 1988, 2002, 2006, and 2010. LaRue was just the third referee ever to work four separate Olympics and was later honored with the USA Hockey Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011.
USHL Consulting Neuropsychologist
With the USHL, Dr. Czarnota will be part of building, managing, and overseeing the USHL Concussion Management Program, including a program that oversees the USHL’s referees and linesmen. Dr. Czarnota will also serve as the primary consultant for the USHL and work with each Member Club’s athletic trainer and medical staff to disseminate relevant information and manage concussion protocol, which Dr. Czarnota has helped to update.
Dr. Czarnota has an extensive background when it comes to hockey, and is currently working with the Canadian Hockey League (Official Neuropsychology Consultant), Hockey Canada, ECHL, Professional Hockey Players Association, as well as providing consultation to many high schools.
Dr. Czarnota is a founding member, and currently the Chair of the Education Committee, of the Sports Neuropsychology Society and is involved with projects and grants that aim to improve all aspects of concussion safety, including education, awareness and services. Dr. Czarnota received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University in 1993 and is now also part of an independent private practice in Detroit that centers on the diagnosis and evaluation on traumatic brain injury.