COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Matt Leaf, USA Hockey’s director of the officiating education program, Scott Zelkin, USA Hockey’s manager of the junior officiating development program and Terry Gregson, former NHL Director of Officiating convened at USA Hockey headquarters today to discuss the state of officiating at the start of the 2014-15 season.
The sharing of ideas and philosophies was at the forefront of the meeting. From the grassroots level to the professional ranks, Leaf, Zelkin and Gregson, stressed the importance of continuous education and establishing standards for young and veteran officials. The trio communicates regularly to review the development of officials at each level of the sport.
“Meeting with Scott and Terry is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our officiating development program at all levels of play,” said Leaf. “Each of us pays attention to different levels of officiating, so it’s important for us to review what’s happening around the country and provide the resources to create the best possible environment for our officials. No matter the level, we want to produce officials that are consistent in how they see and call a game.”