Young AAHA Officials Cocco and Green Join the NHL Crew for Flyers Game

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NHL and USA Hockey officials prior to the National Anthem. Left to Right: David Brisebois- NHL, Louis Cocco- USA Hockey, Steve Kozari- NHL, Ian Walsh- NHL, Dereck Nansen- NHL, Kieran Green- USA Hockey. [Photo: Len Redkoles]

Atlantic District officials Louis Cocco (Sellersville, PA) and Kieran Green (West Chester, PA) had the experience of a lifetime when they joined the NHL officiating crew before the Flyers game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, March 1, in one of the opening events of USA Hockey's Hockey Weekend Across America.

Louis and Kieran met with the game officials, Referees Steve Kozari and Ian Walsh, and Linesmen David Brisebois and Dereck Nansen, in the locker room for about 20 minutes, dressed, went on the ice for the pre-game laps, and even got put to work checking Dereck's net before the anthem.

Then, they joined the game officials for the National Anthem, as you see in the photo.

Thanks to the NHL, the Flyers and Hurricanes, and to the game officials for making this possible. And thanks to Louis and Kieran for representing the Atlantic District and USA Hockey Officiating Programs on a special day.

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[ Photo courtesy of Len Redkoles ]