Director of Player Development & Recruitment
Doug Christiansen joined the USHL in September 2014 to manage the League’s player recruitment efforts with communications targeted at players, parents, and family advisors – the latter of which are playing an increasing role in evaluating opportunities for players. He has been instrumental in developing a strategy for expanding the League’s player development events, such as the USHL Player Combines.
Christiansen joined the USHL after spending seven years as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for three teams in the Elite Ice Hockey League, the top professional league in the United Kingdom. He was twice named EIHL Coach of the Year, once each with the Belfast Giants (2011-12) and Edinburgh Capitals (2009-10). In addition to coaching in league play, Christiansen coached on the international stage, serving as the Head Coach of the Great Britain National Team in 2013 where he was responsible for team selection, development strategy, and game management. Great Britain attained their highest world ranking since 1989 when they climbed to #20 in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) rankings.
Prior to embarking on his coaching and management career, Christiansen played professionally in the AHL, ECHL, UHL, and Serie A (Italy) from 2002-07. He played NCAA Division I hockey at Union College and was a four-year letter winner at Union College (1998-2002).
It is a return to the USHL for Christiansen after he played two seasons in the League with the Green Bay Gamblers (1996-98). He helped the team capture the Anderson Cup during the 1996-97 regular season under head coach Don Granato. The Gamblers also went on to win USA Hockey’s National Championship that spring.
Christiansen is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He and his wife Meghan currently reside in Chicago, Illinois.
Director of Communications
Aaron Westendorf joined the USHL in September 2014 as a Digital Media Manager to oversee daily digital communication and marketing efforts. He also assisted with daily communication and public relations efforts with outreach to both regional and national media outlets, in addition to overseeing the content of USHL.com. In addition to league communications and marketing efforts, Westendorf has been a major contributor in the recruitment effort of future USHL players.
Prior to the 2016-17 season, Westendorf was promoted to the Director of Communications after two successful seasons in which the USHL experienced record growth in media mentions, social media and a successful rebrand of the USHL logo and USHL Web Network that now includes USHL member clubs.
Over the past two years, Westendorf and his staff were responsible for the re-creation of a USHL Media Guide and Record Book in an effort to preserve the league's history dating back to 1979. Through a compilation of score sheets, end of season reports, donated news clippings and record books, the USHL was able to publish its records dating back to 1979 prior to the 2017-18 season.
Westendorf directs current USHL media efforts including USHL.com feature writing, video highlights for social media and press distribution, photography distribution, league communications through all of its member clubs and serves as a co-host with Kevin Meyers in the weekly U-Show podcast.
Prior to his time with the USHL, Westendorf spent two years in Texas with the American Hockey League's Texas Stars. While there he specialized in digital analytics, digital community management and communications. He was also tasked with managing community events. Westendorf was the Marketing Associate for the Stars during their Calder Cup Championship.
The native of Cincinnati, OH earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (Athens, OH) where he worked for the school's club hockey team. He and his wife Erin currently reside in Chicago, Illinois.
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 Finance and Accounting
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 is currently working toward her master’s degree in Accounting, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Morgan currently resides in Orland Park, IL.
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.
Kevin Meyers joined the USHL in September 2015 as a Media Intern. He was then named a Communications Assistant in March 2016. In those roles, he was responsible for writing articles for USHL.com as well as completing a variety of research and statistical projects.
Meyers also worked the 2016 Clark Cup Playoffs and served as on-air talent for USHLTV throughout the entirety of the postseason, as well the 2016 USHL Draft and USHL Combines. During the 2016-17 season, he also began producing and hosting The U-Show, a weekly podcast about the USHL.
In December 2016, Meyers was promoted to Communications Coordinator. He is responsible for creating content for the League’s social media platforms, writing and publishing content for USHL.com, hosting The U-Show podcast and USHLTV, as well as supporting the Director of Communications at League events such as the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Clark Cup Playoffs, Fall Classic, USHL Draft and NHL Draft. He was instrumental in helping to create the first USHL media guide dating back to the beginning of the USHL's all-junior era, including the recovery of USHL historical information including boxscores, statistics and other league history dating back to the USHL-MJHL merger in 1979.
A 2014 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Meyers’ previous experience includes various roles in hockey broadcasting. He served as a play-by-play broadcaster and color analyst for Bowling Green during his time at the school. He has also spent time as a fill-in broadcaster for Boston College hockey as well as the USHL’s Chicago Steel. Prior to joining the USHL staff in 2015, Meyers worked for STATS, LLC. and the Chicago Sky (WNBA).
Meyers is a native of Roselle, Illinois and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Sport Management.
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.
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