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USA Hockey Announces Creation of Special Task Force To Address Officiating Issues

By USA Hockey, 12/15/21, 12:45PM MST

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Task Force Will Explore Challenges Relative To Officiating That Exist Today

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A special task force to address the current state of officiating within USA Hockey has been appointed by USA Hockey President Mike Trimboli it was announced today.

The charge of the task force is to explore challenges relative to officiating that exist today – recruitment, retention and treatment of officials among them -- and work to formulate a comprehensive plan that provides volunteers across the country with resources and strategies to address those challenges.

“We’re not alone in youth sports in regard to some of the issues that exist today,” said Trimboli, “We have an experienced cross-section of thought leaders put together on this task force who will help our sport take positive steps forward.”

Keith Barrett, vice president of USA Hockey and chair of the organization’s Youth Council, is the chair of the 12-member task force.

Other members include:

  • Bob Joyce, Affiliate President, Massachusetts Hockey
  • Don Gould, Chair, USA Hockey Girls/Women’s Section
  • Dave LaBuda, USA Hockey National Referee-In-Chief
  • Mike Mulligan, Coach-In-Chief, USA Hockey Southeastern District
  • Tom Cline, Member, USA Hockey Adult Council
  • Al Bloomer, Member, USA Hockey Officials Retention Committee
  • Jack Witt, Member, USA Hockey Officials Retention Committee
  • Bob Mancini, USA Hockey Assistant Executive Director of Youth Hockey Development
  • Scott Zelkin, USA Hockey Manager of Junior Officiating Development Program
  • Kristen Wright, USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager
  • Roger Grillo, USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager

The task force is expected to provide an update at the USA Hockey Winter Meeting, which is set for mid-January in Orlando.

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