A press conference is being held today in Colorado today to announce the new hockey conference of which the University of North Dakota will be a member. That is exciting.
What’s also exciting is that with a new conference will come new refs. I’m not sure where these officials will come from, but I assume it’s possible a couple of the WCHA refs will be asked to work in the new conference. Regardless, it seems obvious that the officiating in the new conference will undoubtedly be better. Even if they do bring a couple of guys over from the WCHA.
A couple of days ago I asked Summer Sidekick about the quality of refereeing in the WCHA. As a former Sioux player he has quite a bit of knowledge on the topic. In fact, he spent so much time in the penalty box during his college career that he had his mail forwarded there. SSK figures that there are maybe two officials that are decent in the WCHA but that the majority aren’t very good.
So, by default, the officiating in the new conference has to better. Doesn’t it?