Big Ten coordinator of officials talks about rule changes, protocol violations, reviews, faceoffs and more

Steve Piotrowski discusses enforcing the rule changes this season, trying to get 60 officials on the same page, how often officials are reviewed by the conference and more on The Rink Live podcast.

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It is a rule change season in NCAA Division I hockey and that always seems to leave fans wondering why certain calls are being made and why a change was made to a rule. Big 10 coordinator of officials Steve Piotrowski explains the rule changes, how they are being enforced, why it can take a while to get puck dropped on a faceoff and what it is like to try to coordinate a team of 60 officials. All this and more on The Rink Live podcast.

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1:45 The change in calling off-sides this season and why it was changed

4:15 Improvement of player behavior in recent years, game misconduct rule change on major penalties, discretion given to officials

8:00 When a rule change occurs, how he lets passes along the information for officials, the importance of video


10:00 The difference between a game disqualification and game misconduct

11:45 Does a player's history play into supplemental discipline

13:00 Protocol violation penalties, why they are in place

16:00 Big 10 going to one media time out per period, why the conference went to it, average game time

18:15 Faceoffs, what officials are looking for before they drop the puck, the differences between faceoffs below the blue line and faceoffs in the neutral zone

21:15 Goalies knocking a net off its moorings, when it is a penalty

23:15 Coaches challenges for video reviews, goaltender inference being changed to challenge

25:00 Referees clarifying what they are reviewing on public address system in arenas


26:45 How his officials are graded, how regularly they are reviewed by the conference

29:00 Best chirps from his time as an official

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.
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