2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner

NCHC, WCHA referee lists released

Published: August 7, 2013, 4:52 pm, by Joe Paisley

bigger NCHC logoThe list of 14 National Collegiate Hockey Conference referees was confirmed by the Grand Forks Herald, who included the WCHA list in this blog post.

NCHC director of hockey operations Joe Novak said recently that he and officials supervisor Don Adam spent the past season vetting each official, attending a number of games and reviewing videotape.  More than 100 applicants were whittled down to 14 with a mid-September training session planned.

The league has five designated to review the officials following each game with video work the following morning.

Of note, the WCHA reinstated referee Peter Friesema, who was suspended after using the word “bomb” at the Anchorage airport, causing it to shut down for a few hours. 

Brad Shepherd and Derek Shepherd, sons of the WCHA head of officials Greg Shepherd, are on the NCHC list as well as listed as part-timers with the WCHA.

The list (previous league) follows:

NCHC officials

Andy Thiessen (AHL/ECHL)
Joe Sullivan (AHL/ECHL)
Nick Krebsbach (AHL/ECHL)
Steve Patafie (AHL)
Dan Dreger (CHL)
Brian Aaron (CCHA)
C.J. Beaurline (WCHA)
Scott Bokal (WCHA)
Tom Sterns (WCHA)
Todd Anderson (WCHA)
Derek Shepherd (WCHA)
Brad Shepherd (WCHA)
Tim Walsh (WCHA)
Brian Thul (WCHA)