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USA Hockey Officials Meet NHL Officials at Hockey Weekend Across America Games

Eric Sailor and Charlie Van Kula Join NHL Officials at Center Ice

USA Hockey Officials Eric Sailor (Sewell, NJ), Charlie Van Kula (Radnor, PA), Ryan Siegel (Dayton, NJ), and Bobby Esposito (Bridgewater, NJ) were chosen to represent the young officials from the Atlantic District at NHL games that were held during Hockey Weekend Across America.

Eric and Charlie attended the Philadelphia Flyers - New York Rangers game on March 1 in Philadelphia.  They were able to visit with NHL Officials Brian Murphy, Dave Jackson, Gord Dwyer, and Matt MacPherson, both in the locker room prior to the game and at center ice during the National Anthem.

Ryan Siegel and Bobby Esposito Meet the NHL Officials Before the NJ Devils - San Jose Sharks Game

Ryan and Bobby visited NHL officials Tony Sericolo, Greg KimmerlyDan O'Rourke, and Jonny Murray at the New Jersey Devils - San Jose Sharks game on March 2 in Newark.

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Ian Walsh Referees at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Congratulations to Ian Walsh who is a referee at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.

Ian's schedule for the the Men's Olympic Hockey Tournament is:

  • Thursday, February 13, Finland vs Austria, 3:00am Eastern Time, Bolshoy / NBC Sports Network
  • Saturday, February 15, Sweden vs Latvia, 12:00 noon Eastern Time, Shayba / NBC Sports Network
  • Sunday, February 16, Austria vs Norway, 3:00am Eastern Time, Bolshoy / USA Network

Ian's comments on the Olympics:

In USA Hockey Officials Reflect on Their Path to Sochi, when asked what it was about officiating that made him choose it as a career and have the Olympics as a goal, Ian said, "I've always enjoyed the challenge of learning and improving. Every game, every night presents a different challenge mentally and physically. I love the intensity of the game and the competitiveness of the players and officials in ice hockey."

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Jason Cleck Built A Rink That Got The Patriot-News' Attention

Jason and Andrew Cleck's rink made news throughout Central Pennsylvania today.

Several years of rink building in his backyard have made USA Hockey official Jason Cleck (Palmyra, PA) well known in the Atlantic District officiating community as an expert on maintaining outdoor ice quality without refrigeration-- often in challenging conditions.  Now his email to Deb Kiner, content administrator at PennLive.com for the Patriot-News, has resulted in an article that tells the world what he's been telling us.

According to the article, Jason pointed out that backyard ice skating rinks are common in the midstate area of Pennsylvania.  In response to a previous article posted by Deb about skating on backyard rinks in Delaware County that implied this was unusual, Jason said, "That's not news up here! We've been building one at my place in Palmyra for years.  My rink is one of many just in my area."

To which Kliner said, "Who knew?"

Jason and Andrew's friends in officiating all knew about his rink, and had seen quite a few photos of it.  But, congratulations on well-deserved regional recognition.  You guys deserve it.

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Atlantic District Official Bill Marshall Featured in New York Times Article About Hockey Officiating in Central Park

Bill Marshall (Hoboken, NJ) was featured in The New York Times on Sunday, January 12, 2013 in an article that talks about his work as an official in the Central Park Hockey League in New York City.  According to the article, "He is now the busiest of the 14 referees at {Lasker Rink in the Harlem part of Central Park}, having officiated more than 500 games there in the past few years. He earns $70 a game and can work up to 15 games a week."

Colin Schmaeling (Levittown, NY, from the New York District) is also prominently mentioned in the article.

Marshall's day job is as the Assistant Manager of the The North Face Store at Broadway and 73rd Street.  About his two jobs, Marshall said, "Everybody hates the ref.  I love when people at the rink yell at me. I say, 'I can take it' -- I'm used to customers yelling at me because a jacket's not waterproof."

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Atlantic District Officials on the Crew for Harvard - Yale at MSG on January 11

We've learned that Kevin Curtis (Hoboken, NJ) and Dan Taggart (Kearny, NJ) from the Atlantic District, Scott Wittemore (Charlestown, MA) and Glen Cooke will be part of the officiating crew for the Rivalry on Ice Game between Harvard - Yale game on Saturday, January 11 at Madison Square Garden.  The game, which will also air on NBC Sports Network, will take place at 8:00 pm.

Good luck guys!

USA Hockey has offered discounts for tickets to this game.  Read on for more information.

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Devorski, Clemente, Jones, and O'Connell Officiate the 2013 Cops for K.O.P.S. Charity Game

Congratulations to Paul Devorski from the NHL, Dan Clemente from USA Hockey and the ACHA, Jeff Jones from USA Hockey and the ACHA, and Tom "Punky" O'Connell from USA Hockey and the MAHL.  These four officials worked the 2013 Cops for K.O.P.S. charity hockey game at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA on Saturday, December 14.

Cops for K.O.P.S. is an organization that raises money for families of police...

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