According to several officials, Hockey East, the ECAC and Atlantic Hockey have come to an officiating agreement regarding non-conference games, which will enter a trial period this upcoming season.
According to sources, each league will have two of its hosted non-conference games officiated by a neutral officiating crew. Typically, officiating crews are arranged by the home team. For example, if an ECAC team were traveling to a Hockey East building for a non-conference game, traditionally the officiating crew used would be a Hockey East crew. Under this agreement, under the same circumstances, two Hockey East hosted games will use an Atlantic Hockey or ECAC officiating crew, depending on the opponent.
In addition, the ECAC, Hockey East and Atlantic Hockey will host a joint officiating meeting next week in Worcester.
Some sources speculated that could be the first move towards making officiating more regionally based, rather than league based, with perhaps the entire oversight under the NCAA. However, other sources cited several difficulties in that potential structure, with the biggest being the differences in per-game pay by each league.