August 7, 2012

Hockey East names Schachte coordinator of officials

By Jesse Connolly

For the first time in league history, Hockey East will have a coordinator of officials.

League commissioner Joe Bertagna (whose contract was recently extended) announced the hiring of Dan Schachte to the position on Tuesday afternoon.

Schachte served as an NHL linesman for 30 years, working 2,009 regular-season games dating back to 1982. He ranks fifth all-time in that category and first all-time among American-born NHL officials. 

Schachte worked in five Stanley Cup finals (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) during his career, including Ray Bourque and the Avalanche's win over the Devils in Game 7 in 2001. Schachte's 221 playoff games ranks eighth all-time among linesmen. He also served as a linesman during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The Wisconsin native hung up his skates this spring.

“We are fortunate to have attracted someone with Dan’s experience to this new position,” said Bertagna. “Dana Hennigar, Brendan Sheehy and, more recently, Dick DeCaprio all contributed greatly in finding and mentoring top on-ice officials. I look forward to working with Dan as he puts his own stamp on our officiating program.”

Schachte will handle all day-to-day operations of the league's officiating program.

“My family and I are excited to take on this position with Hockey East," said Schachte. “The conference is arguablyone of the top amateur hockey leagues in the world, and I am going put every ounce of my energy into making the league the best.”

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.