Articles from January 2014

Jason Cleck Built A Rink That Got The Patriot-News' Attention


Jason and Andrew Cleck's rink made news throughout Central Pennsylvania today.

Several years of rink building in his backyard have made USA Hockey official Jason Cleck (Palmyra, PA) well known in the Atlantic District officiating community as an expert on maintaining outdoor ice quality without refrigeration-- often in challenging conditions.  Now his email to Deb Kiner, content administrator at for the Patriot-News, has resulted in an article that tells the world what he's been telling us.

According to the article, Jason pointed out that backyard ice skating rinks are common in the midstate area of Pennsylvania.  In response to a previous article posted by Deb about skating on backyard rinks in Delaware County that implied this was unusual, Jason said, "That's not news up here! We've been building one at my place in Palmyra for years.  My rink is one of many just in my area."

To which Kliner said, "Who knew?"

Jason and Andrew's friends in officiating all knew about his rink, and had seen quite a few photos of it.  But, congratulations on well-deserved regional recognition.  You guys deserve it.

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Atlantic District Official Bill Marshall Featured in New York Times Article About Hockey Officiating in Central Park

Bill Marshall (Hoboken, NJ) was featured in The New York Times on Sunday, January 12, 2013 in an article that talks about his work as an official in the Central Park Hockey League in New York City.  According to the article, "He is now the busiest of the 14 referees at {Lasker Rink in the Harlem part of Central Park}, having officiated more than 500 games there in the past few years. He earns $70 a game and can work up to 15 games a week."

Colin Schmaeling (Levittown, NY, from the New York District) is also prominently mentioned in the article.

Marshall's day job is as the Assistant Manager of the The North Face Store at Broadway and 73rd Street.  About his two jobs, Marshall said, "Everybody hates the ref.  I love when people at the rink yell at me. I say, 'I can take it' -- I'm used to customers yelling at me because a jacket's not waterproof."

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Atlantic District Officials on the Crew for Harvard - Yale at MSG on January 11

We've learned that Kevin Curtis (Hoboken, NJ) and Dan Taggart (Kearny, NJ) from the Atlantic District, Scott Wittemore (Charlestown, MA) and Glen Cooke will be part of the officiating crew for the Rivalry on Ice Game between Harvard - Yale game on Saturday, January 11 at Madison Square Garden.  The game, which will also air on NBC Sports Network, will take place at 8:00 pm.

Good luck guys!

USA Hockey has offered discounts for tickets to this game.  Read on for more information.

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