I’ve stumbled upon proof that hockey officials really do know the rules.
Many of the men we are going to see powering up and down the ice ahead of the action and blowing the whistles during the upcoming season have participated in a number of recent seminars. The latest was sponspored by the Westchester Ice Hockey Officials Association and run by USA Hockey’s seminar staff at Hommocks. According to Rocky Russo, there was classroom work along with a session on the ice that included skating techniques.
These guys also take written exams.
Thank you to Rocky for the photos. In the second frame, I’m guessing the officials are either power skating or breaking for donuts and coffee.