Hockey East hires longtime NHL linesman Schachte as coordinator of officials

Hockey East has announced the hiring of Dan Schachte as the league’s first coordinator of officials.

Schachte recently finished a 30-year career as an NHL linesman, working more than 2,000 regular-season games and 221 Stanley Cup playoff games, which ranks eighth all-time among NHL linesman. He worked five Stanley Cup finals, including Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup finals as Colorado topped New Jersey. He also served as a linesman in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

“We are fortunate to have attracted someone with Dan’s experience to this new position,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna in a news release. “Dana Hennigar, Brendan Sheehy and more recently, Dick DeCaprio, all contributed greatly in finding and mentoring top on-ice officials. I look forward to working with Dan as he puts his own stamp on our officiating program.”

“My family and I are excited to take on this position with Hockey East,” added Schachte. “The conference is arguably one of the top amateur hockey leagues in the world and I am going put every ounce of my energy into making the league the best.”

Schachte served on the NHLOA Discipline Committee from 2002-10, as well as the NHLOA Executive Board
(1991-92) and the NHL Injury Analysis Panel in 2002. He has also served as an officiating supervisor for USA Hockey since 2011 and was WCHA and USHL referee from 1980-82.