NCHC announces creation of Rudolph award for officials’ achievement

The NCHC announced Tuesday the creation of the Mark Rudolph Officiating Achievement Award, which will recognize one official each season starting with the 2014-15 season.

The award will honor a member of the NCHC officiating staff (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,” according to a league-issued press release.

“It is an honor for the conference office to use Mark’s name in recognizing someone annually from our officiating staff,” said NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton in a statement. “It is certainly fitting for someone who has impacted several levels of hockey, including the NCAA for many years. Our conference office takes a tremendous amount of pride in our officiating program and this award is a reflection of our commitment to recognize one of the best on an annual basis.”

Rudolph is a long-time official and distinguished administrator who resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., and pioneered the development of USA Hockey’s national officiating program. He also worked NCAA Division I games for more than 10 seasons.