The NCHC has hired Don Adam as its director of officiating.
Adam will not ref in the league, rather hold an administrative job recruiting and overseeing the league’s referees.
The coaches in the league recommended Adam for the job, many citing his communication skills as one of his best assets.
“Don is very well respected throughout college hockey,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “Over the years his officiating style has constantly evolved as changes have come to the way the game is played and he is very well equipped to build a quality staff of officials for the NCHC.”
Omaha coach Dean Blais added: “Don Adam brings a wealth of experience in officiating to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Don, as Director of Officiating, will be active in evaluating, recruiting, coaching and directing our conference officiating staff according to NCAA rules and regulations. He is a great communicator and will have a lot of significant responsibilities with our new conference. We are all looking forward to his role and leadership with our officiating program.”
Denver coach George Gwozdecky said: “For over two decades, Don Adam has been regarded as one of the top hockey officials in the NCAA. His leadership skills, organizational ability along with his experience will be a valuable asset to the conference and will assure that, under his direction, the league will receive the finest collegiate officiating available.”
Adam will still ref in the WCHA this season. He starts his job with the NCHC at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.