Compensation of NCAA players, mic’d up referees, 3v3 overtime with NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton: USCHO Spotlight Season 2 Episode 5

Josh Fenton (NCHC) commissioner. 28 Feb.14: St. Cloud State University hosts University of North Dakota in a NCHC match-up at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, MN (Bradley K. Olson)
NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton talks with game officials prior to a 2014 contest in St. Cloud, Minn. (file photo: Bradley K. Olson)

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger discuss the implications of the NCAA’s recent decision to allow student athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model” with NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton. Also included in the conversation: putting mics on NCHC referees and the possible expansion of 3v3 overtime across the board in NCAA hockey.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.