The NCHC today released more info on the officiating system it will use. The overriding theme is that it wants a lot of feedback and training for officials. The key points:
1. The NCHC hired former WCHA ref Mike Schmitt and former NHL officials Scott Zelkin and Ron Foyt in supervisor roles. The goal is to have a supervisor at as many games as possible. The NCHC estimates they will cover 75 percent of games. More frequent feedback and teaching for officials is a priority for NCHC director of officials Don Adam.
Each guy is geographically placed (Schmitt in Minot, Zelkin in Chicago, Foyt in the Twin Cities and Adam is in Colorado). I’m guessing The Ralph will see a lot of Schmitt, who was one of the most popular refs in the league before he retired to watch his son, Bryce, play at Minot High School. Bryce will be a sophomore at Lake Superior State next season.
2. The NCHC will have a three-day training camp for officials before the season starts. This will be used to provide training to the officials. There also will be a seminar for linesmen.
3. The NCHC is working with USA Hockey to incorporate a system for developing officials. The league hopes it will help it identify future officials.
“We want to challenge our officials on a regular basis,” NCHC director of hockey operations Joe Novak said. “Their success will be based upon performance and equal opportunities will be available to every official on the staff.”