The state of hockey officiating at amateur levels of the sport across New England is in “critical” shape, and it’s threatening the game of hockey itself.
That’s the message delivered on the latest episode of the RinkWise podcast from Gene Binda, the president of Referee’s Crease and an officiating supervisor with Mass. Hockey, and Katie Guay, a veteran official of many levels of hockey who was the first woman ever to officiate a game in the American Hockey League.
They joined Stephanie Wood, the new host of the RinkWise podcast, to discuss the problems facing officials.
“Older, more experienced officials are leaving in droves,” Binda said. “The problem now is that we don’t have enough people coming in to replace them.”