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2019-20 NCHC Referee Staff

Referees
Number
NCHC
Seasons
Experience and Accomplishments (Highlights only)
Dan Dreger
#2
7th
NCAA D1 (9 years); AHL; ECHL; CHL (2011 & 12 Finals)
Stephen Reneau
#3
2nd
NCAA D1 (1 year); AHL (250 games); ECHL (2016 Finals); IIHF 2018 Men's World Championship - Denmark; USHL
Tom Sterns
#8
7th
2014-16 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (9 years); AHL; CHL; 2007/08 World Championships-Can/Germ; Outdoor Gm - Soldier Field
Butch Mousseau
#12
# RETIRED
NCAA D1 Referee (8 years - 3 in NCHC); The NCHC "Butch Mousseau" Mentoring Program was created posthumously in 2016
Nick Krebsbach
#13
7th
2015-19 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (6 years); 2018 Frozen Four - St. Paul; AHL; ECHL; World University Games-China
Bobby Lukkason
#14
1st
NCAA D1 (6 years); WCHA; US Program of Merit and Development Program; IIHF; USHL (Clark Cup Finals); NAHL
Sterling Egan
#16
7th
2014-19 Frozen Faceoff (lines); NCAA D1 (10 years); 2018 Frozen Four-St. Paul WCHA; USHL; NAHL
Timm Walsh
#17
7th
2014-18 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (14 years); CHL; WCHL; UHL; Outdoor Game - Coors Field
Nathan Wieler
#18
3rd
NCAA DI (4 years); Western Hockey League (4 League Championships); 2013 Memorial Cup (championship game)
Geno Binda
#19
5th
2017-19 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (13 years); 2016 & 18 Frozen Four - Tampa & St. Paul; AHL (over 500 gms)
Brian Hankes
#20
1st
NCAA D1 (first year); US Development Program; USHL (playoffs); NAHL (playoffs)
Joe Sullivan
#21
7th
2014-19 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (6 years); NCAA Regionals; AHL; ECHL; USHL Finals & All Star Game
Ian Croft
#22
6th
NCAA D1 (5 years); AHL; CHL; WHL; USHL; 2013 World Championship-Sweden/Finland
Andy Thackaberry
#26
4th
NCAA D1 (4 years); AHL; ECHL (2016 Conf. Finals; 5 playoff seasons); CHL; U.S. Development Program
Brian Aaron
#27
7th
2019 National Championship game; NCAA D1 (24 years); 6 NCAA Tournaments; 6 CCHA Championships
Ryan Hersey
#28
4th
2019 Frozen FaceoffNCAA D1 (7 years); NCAA Regionals; 2014 NCAA National Championship game; AHL (6 years); CHL (Finals 2011-12)
Scott Bokal
#29
7th
NCAA D1 (11 years); SPHL; USHL; 2 Paralympics; 2008 Jr. World Championship-Belarus; Outdoor Game - Soldier Field
Cameron Voss
#30
2nd
2019 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (4 years); 2016 Frozen Four; Tampa; NHL (2 years); AHL (4 years); Hockey East

2019-20 NCHC Linesmen Staff

Linesmen
Number
NCHC
Seasons
Experience and Accomplishments (Highlights only)
Brandon Schmitt
#36
7th
2019 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (8 years); WCHA; U.S. Development Program; USHL; NAHL; SPHL
Tyler Liffrig
#40
7th
NCAA D1 (6 years); NAHL; USHL; MJHL
Troy Marrett
#42
1st
NCAA D1 (first year); ACHA; NCHA DIII; NAPHL; USPHL
Seth Mukai
#44
7th
NCAA D1 (12 years); Atlantic Hockey; ECHL; CHL
Dan Cohen
#47
7th
NCAA D1 (8 years); NCAA Frozen Four; Big Ten; AHL; ECHL; Outdoor Game - Soldier Field
Mike Eslinger
#49
7th
2018 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (13 years); WCHA; CHA; NAHL; ACHA
John Philo
#52
7th
2015-19 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (20 years); 2016 & 18 Frozen Four, Tampa/St. Paul; CCHA
Kevin Cassidy
#53
4th
NCAA D1 (3 years); AHL (playoffs); CHL (Playoffs/Finals); SPHL (Playoffs); U.S. Development Program
Chase McGee
#54
7th
NCAA D1 (7 years); Atlantic Hockey; CHL; U.S. Development Program; NAHL
Jeff Schultz
#55
6th
2014 & 16 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (11 years); WCHA (Multiple Final Fives); USHL
Eric Frank
#56
4th
NCAA D1 (5 years); Hockey East; ECHL; USHL; NAHL; U.S. Development Program
Bob Keltie
#57
6th
2014, 15 & 17 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (15 years); NCAA Frozen Four; ECHL; WCHL; CHL; WCHA
Joe Hutek
#61
7th
NCAA D1 (16 years); Big Ten; WCHA; CCHA; 6 Playoff Assignments
Tony Aronson
#67
4th
NCAA DI (3 years); US Development Program; USHL; NAHL
Andy Dokken
#70
7th
2014 & 15 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (10 years); WCHA; NCAA Frozen Four; USHL; NAHL
Brent Gawlik
#71
7th
NCAA D1 (20 years); NCAA Frozen Four; CCHA; IHL; Outdoor Game - Soldier Field; U-18 World Championship-Russia
Dana Penkivech
#73
7th
NCAA D1 (9 years); IHL; ECHL; SPHL; WCHA; U.S. Development Program; USHL; NAHL
Scott Fitzpatrick
#77
7th
NCAA D1 (11 years); WCHA; CCHA; ACHA; USHL
Nick Huff
#78
6th
NCAA D1 (11 years); Big Ten; CCHA; ACHA; USHL; NAHL
Nate Stanton
#79
7th
NCAA D1 (12 years); AHL; ECHL; WCHL; WCHA; CCHA; WHL; USHL
Elliott Bucholz
#81
3rd
NCAA D1 (3 years); US Development Program; USHL (Finals); NAHL (Finals); IIHF
Pat Richardson
#82
1st
NCAA D1 (2nd year); Big Ten; US Development Program; ECHL (Kelly Cup Finals); AHL; USHL; U20IIA Men’s World Championships (Estonia)
Justin Hills
#83
7th
2014-19 Frozen Faceoff; NCAA D1 (11 years); NCAA Frozen Four; WCHA; MIAC
Nick Biondich
#86
6th
NCAA D1 (5 years); D3 (8 years); WIAC; MIAC; Women's WCHA
Sam Rankin
#87
1st
NCAA D1 (first year); AHL; ECHL; US Development Program; USHL; NAHL
Gary Pedigo
#88
7th
NCAA D1 (25 years); WCHL; CHL; ECHL; WCHA; Multiple Final Fives; Outdoor Game - Coors Field
Erik Contino
#92
1st
NCAA D1 (first year); AHL; ECHL; US Development Program; USHL; NAHL
Dylan Peper
#93
2nd
NCAA D1 (2 Years); ECHL (200 games – 2017 Finals); CHL; USHL
Todd Lacina
#94
7th
NCAA D1 (21 years); CCHA (Referee and Linesman); UHL; ACHL; USHL; NAHL
Lucas Bisbee
#96
1st
NCAA D1 (first year); AHL (Conference Finals); ECHL (Conference Finals); US Development Program; USHL; SPHL (Finals)
John Grandt
#98
3rd
Frozen Faceoff 2018-19; NCAA D1 (3 years); National Hockey League (over 200 games); 2018 NCAA Regionals; AHL

Director of Officiating: Don Adam
Supervisor of Officials: Ron Foyt
Supervisor of Officials: Mike Schmitt
Supervisor of Officials: Brent Rutherford
Supervisor of Officials: Derek Shepherd


Mark Rudolph Officiating Achievement Award

The NCHC announced the creation of the Mark Rudolph Officiating Achievement Award on August 26, 2014. The award will be handed out annually and presented to a member of the NCHC officiating staff, be it a referee, linesman or supervisor, who through his actions, commitment, dedication, leadership and professionalism, has achieved a distinguished accomplishment that has significantly enhanced the NCHC and its officiating program both on and off the ice.

Mark Rudolph Bio


Mark Rudolph

Mark Rudolph is a long-time official and distinguished administrator who resides in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 1982, Rudolph relocated from Buffalo, N.Y. to Colorado Springs for an employment opportunity that would change the complexion of American officiating forever. He pioneered the development of USA Hockey’s National Officiating Program – a program that served over 13,000 amateur officials during his 12 years of service.

Rudolph established the elite USA Hockey summer officiating camps, which accelerated the officiating careers of many, while developing and overseeing the program’s relationships with both the National Hockey League (NHL) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). He also created and implemented USA Hockey’s District Officiating Seminars, which placed the elite summer camp experience into backyards across the country so more officials could benefit from that “camp experience.”

In addition, Rudolph authored the original USA Hockey officiating manuals, which provided thousands of American officials with the basic fundamentals of officiating. The USA Hockey Officiating Program continues to benefit from the foundation that Rudolph built so many years ago.

Rudolph, who officiated NCAA Division I collegiate hockey for over 10 seasons, also displayed his on-ice officiating talents in the International Hockey League (IHL), the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (currently ECHL). Rudolph served as a Supervisor of Officials for the NHL from 1991-1997 and for the IIHF from 1988-97, as well.

Rudolph is credited with advancing hundreds of officials to higher levels of hockey, including junior, collegiate, international and professional.

Rudolph Honored for Pioneering Work in College Hockey Officiating

Story by Amy Moritz of The Buffalo News (Nov. 28, 2014), profiling Mark Rudolph's career achievements.


Justin Hills Receives the 2018-19
Mark Rudolph Officiating Achievement Award

NCHC linesman Justin Hills receives the Mark Rudolph Officiating Achievement Award at NCHC Officiating Camp on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minn.

  • Justin Hills (right) receives the Mark Rudolph Award from NCHC Director of Officiating Don Adam
  • Justin with his wife, Megan, daughter, Avery, and son, Jaden.
  • Justin with his extended family at the award ceremony
  • Don Adam presents flowers to Justin's wife, Megan
  • NCHC officiating staff was on hand for Justin's presentation

Award Winners

2013-14 - John Philo
2014-15 - Paul Carnathan
2015-16 - Joe Sullivan
2016-17 - Timm Walsh
2017-18 - Ron Foyt
2018-19 - Justin Hills


Two Rudolph Award winners, John Philo (left) and Joe Sullivan (middle), along with Dan Cohen, support the NCHC Officials' Movember cause


2019 NCHC Officiating Camps

Linesmen Camp: Sept. 7, 2019 - Kalamazoo, Mich.
Linesmen Camp: Sept. 14, 2019 - Denver, Colo.
Referee Camp: Sept. 20-21, 2019 - Saint Paul, Minn.
Linesmen Camp: Sept. 22, 2019 - Saint Paul, Minn.


Media Clippings

Sept. 9, 2014 - Don Adam Interview with KNSI Radio

2015 Officiating Camp Recap


2014 Officiating Camp Recap