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NCHC names veteran official Adam as director of officiating

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has announced that Don Adam will be the league’s director of officiating once the league begins play for the 2013-14 season.

“We are excited about having Don Adam join the NCHC staff and look forward to having him assist us in overseeing the important officiating program,” said NCHC commissioner Jim Scherr in a news release. “Don brings a proven level of on-ice and supervisory officiating expertise and his long term commitment to the college game is invaluable to our goals. Don’s hiring is another significant step for our conference as we move towards a new era in college hockey and the start of our new conference playing in 2013-14.”

Adam has served as an NCAA Division I official for 24 seasons. As an on-ice official he has worked numerous WCHA championships and NCAA tournaments as well as five World Championships and the 1992 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. Adam was also an NHL referee trainee for three seasons, as well as an NHL-contracted official for one season. He was formerly the director of officiating for both the West Coast Hockey League and Roller Hockey International.

“I am excited to join the staff of the NCHC and recognize this as a unique opportunity to positively contribute to what I believe will become one of the top conferences in the nation,” Adam added. “I’ve had the good fortune to work with many of the NCHC’s coaches and administrators over the course of many seasons and based upon my respect for them both personally and professionally, I look forward to continuing those relationships in the future.”

Adam currently resides in Denver and is employed by the city of Louisville (Colo.) as a police officer, where he has served for the last nine years.


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  • WCHA Fan

    Sorry NCHC fans, you have one of the worst WCHA Ref’sfollowing you to the new NCHC next year!
    He was an embassament to as a Ref, and I imgine the officials he leads will be just as bad!
    Maybe he can take the awful Sheppard family with him!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531960170 Brad Schaack

      Hey he won’t be on the ice and that’s a damn good thing.

      • Satriani92

        Yeah, that is what the WCHA thought about getting Sheppard off the ice……didn’t work so well did it?

        • BulldogFan

          Yeah, but Sheppard has like 8 clones…Adam does not. AS long as he doesn’t bring Anderson and anyone with a last name of Sheppard.

  • Satriani92

    Are you serious??????? I can’t stop laughing. The will guarantee the quality of officiating in the NCHC…….as God Awful!

  • gfkbob

    I had such high hopes that the officiating would take a turn for the better…ahh well!

  • NotForTheNCHC

    what a joke. Another Denver guy on board. Welcome to the good boys club of the NCHC.
    Thanks NCHC for killing college hockey.