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Trento’s climb through the Eastern League reaches the top

04/18/2013, 1:45pm MDT
By Tom Robinson

Since drawing attention at the USA Hockey Festival in 2009, Dominic Trento has spent four seasons moving between four different Eastern Junior Hockey League teams. That climb reached a new peak this season when Trento helped the Jersey Hitmen become the Eastern League’s top team.
It took some time for Trento to fit in with his new team, but after sitting out an early-season game as a scratch, the Brockport, N.Y. resident changed positions and found his place. By the time the playoffs arrived, Trento was firmly established as the center on a line with team captain Jack Riley and Tim Clifton, both Division I recruits.
Jersey fell behind twice in the deciding game of the Dineen Cup Finals, but Trento scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead what turned into an 8-2 romp over the Islanders Hockey Club from Tyngsboro, Mass.
For his efforts, Trento was named Most Valuable Player of the Dineen Cup playoffs.
Trento said Hitmen coach Toby Harris made it clear what the player had to do to avoid a repeat of sitting out a game.
“Toby sat me down and let me know, ‘You’ve got to be more consistent, that’s the knock on you by college coaches,’” Trento said. “He really lit a fire under me.
“I wanted to prove I could be the go-to guy.”
It helped that Harris also found the right spot for Trento.
“At the beginning of the year, we had him at wing and weren’t really getting a lot out of him,” Harris said. “We had a couple of injuries and we moved him out to center.
“Once that move was made, he really took off.”
Trento completed a slow and steady climb through the ranks of the EJHL to become the league’s second-leading scorer.
Trento had been one of the New York District’s representatives at the Select Festival on the 14-, 15-, 16- and 17-year-old level in each of the past four summers. However, he moved around the Eastern League in the fall and winter.
Trento scored six goals for Rochester, nine for Apple Core and 14 for Green Mountain before joining Jersey, where he produced 18 goals and 49 assists in the regular season.
By playoff time, Trento was one of the keys to a team that rattled off 27 straight wins at one point this season.
“He left his mark on every game in the playoffs,” Harris said. “Then, in the championship game, he had two goals and two assists. He was all over the ice.”
When they scored the game’s last seven goals, including six in the third period, the Hitmen captured their third Eastern League playoff title.
“After that talk, I started working my way up from being a scratch to being on the top line,” Trento said. “I really have to give credit to my linemates. They helped me to where I ended up as the second-leading scorer.
“When I look back I can see Toby did what he did on purpose. He got the most out of me as a player. I have to thank him for that.”
Trento improved his prospect status along the way. He said he has four scholarship offers and might commit in the weeks, although he still plans to spend another year in junior hockey while also working on getting himself more prepared academically.
Trento’s playoff MVP honor was just one of the individual awards Hitmen players claimed at the end of season in which they won 39 of 45 regular-season games.
Brendan Bradley was named EJHL Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 78 points on 17 goals and 61 assists in the regular season. The University of Vermont recruit from Richboro, Pa. had 10 more points in eight playoff games.
Andrew Black was named regular-season MVP of the league. Black, a Colgate recruit from Buffalo, N.Y., shared the league lead with 30 goals and also had 36 assists in 44 regular-season games. He then had six goals and six assists in the playoffs.
Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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Update on 2015-16 USA Hockey Officiating Registration

07/08/2015, 5:15pm MDT
By David LaBuda, USA Hockey National Referee-in-Chief

District Referees-in-Chief implement changes to registration procedures

As we enter the 2015-16 registration season for officials, I want to give an update of what changes to expect this season.

The Officials Section has been busy since the 2015 Winter Meeting, working on implementing the registration changes that were discussed and voted on by the district referees-in-chief, along with refining the testing and online seminar programs.

For 2015-16, there will be an informational video available before an official registers with USA Hockey outlining the requirements and commitment that an individual will need to fulfill in order to complete their registration.


Next, and a very important change, starting with this season, in order to register for a seminar, an official will have to first register as an official (online) with USA Hockey in order to gain access to the online program to register for a seminar.

This change was due to a number of individuals who would never register as an official with USA Hockey and then ‘no show’ to the seminar that they registered for, which frequently led to other registered officials being denied attendance at that seminar because the seating capacity had already been reached.

This change will provide more incentive for every individual who registers as an official -- and registers for a seminar -- to attend that seminar and complete the registration requirements.

The open-book testing process has also been modified for the coming season. What hasn’t changed is that a Level 1 official will still have to answer the first 50 questions, while Level 2, 3 & 4 officials will have to answer 100 questions. However, the passing score for a Level 2 official has been modified to 80 from 85. All other passing scores remain the same as last year. Those minimum passing scores are 35 for a Level 1 official and 90 for Levels 3 and 4.

While an official is taking the open-book exam, there will be immediate feedback provided after each answer is submitted. If the question was answered incorrectly, the rule reference for that missed question will be given with the appropriate rule book language.

After completing all of the required questions, a summary will be sent of all incorrect responses with their rule references. If a passing score is obtained, then the open-book exam requirement will be complete.

If the result is a failing score, after the seven-day waiting period has passed, the official will only have to retake those questions that were incorrectly answered on their first open-book exam. The retake questions will be based on the same rule reference as the originally missed questions, but will cover a different aspect of the rule.

Once all of the retake questions are answered, the number of correctly answered retake questions will be added to the original test score to hopefully obtain a passing grade. As a reminder, there is no third attempt to pass the open-book exam.

During the winter meeting, the Officials Section spent considerable time discussing seminar program feedback, and in particular, the online modules. All feedback was taken seriously and an action plan was discussed and adopted.

Two work groups were established to address the new classroom curriculums and to improve the online video modules. Both were comprised of grassroots members who could bring a grassroots perspective to their work. Both groups have completed their work and their recommendations have been adopted. The new shortened classroom curriculums have been distributed for application to this coming seminar season and the online modules are being re-engineered with improved formatting, better sequencing, animation replacing some video clips and reduction of music and voice-overs to allow the viewer to better focus on the presented material.

We’ve also evaluated the number of required modules for each level, and based on the user analytics that the first years’ experience produced, we have reduced the number of required modules in some cases.

Lastly, as a reminder, once an official begins their first online module, they will need to complete all of their online module training within a specified time period. The online module completion time periods are 60 days for Level 1 registered officials and 45 days for Levels 2, 3 and 4. If all of the required and elective modules are not completed within the specified time frame, the official will have to restart all of the module training from the beginning. This requirement was waived during last year’s registration season due to the delayed rollout of the online module program, but it’s back in place this year.

This completion requirement was put in place by the District RICs to encourage all officials to complete their registration as early as possible and to provide continuity in the overall seminar education process.

As a reminder, to complete an official’s registration an applicant must:

  • Register online with USA Hockey
  • Register and attend a classroom seminar (reduced attendance times depending on registration level)
  • Complete the required and elective online training modules within the required time frame
  • Pass the open-book exam at their registration level
  • Pass the closed-book exam (no closed-book exam at Level 1) for their registration level
  • Complete their online USA Hockey SafeSport training at the end of every two-year cycle


Work will continue on improving our educational programs, and as always, we will continue actively listening to your constructive feedback. Without your involvement and support as a community, we cannot continue moving forward.  Acknowledging that improvements were needed was only one step in the process.  Implementing those changes in a way that meets the needs of our officiating community is the next step and we’re excited to be taking that step.

Have a great 2015-16 season and as always, skate hard and have fun when you’re on the ice.

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