Big Ten Names Steve Piotrowski Incoming Coordinator of Men's Ice Hockey Officials
May 14, 2012
The Big Ten office announced today that Steve Piotrowski will assume the role of Coordinator of Men’s Ice Hockey Officials for the conference at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. Big Ten men’s ice hockey will make its debut with the 2013-14 season.
“We very much look forward to Steve Piotrowski joining the Big Ten,” said Big Ten Associate Commissioner Jennifer Heppel. “He brings a proven level of officiating expertise and a strong commitment to the college game. Steve’s hiring is a significant step as we move towards the start of Big Ten hockey.”
“I am excited to join the Big Ten and truly appreciate this wonderful opportunity which will allow me to contribute in a very positive way to one of the top conferences in the nation,” said Piotrowski. “I look forward to working with an outstanding group of coaches and administrators who I have tremendous respect for. I’m eager to begin developing the Big Ten’s ice hockey officiating program and embark on the challenges that will come with this new role.”
Piotrowski has served as the Director of Officials at the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) for the last five years, and will continue to hold that role during the 2012-13 season. He oversees a staff that consists of 20 referees, 60 linesmen and two supervisors. He is also on the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee and is the Secretary-Rules Editor of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee.
Piotrowski served as an on-ice official with the CCHA for 26 years, working 14 NCAA Tournaments and six NCAA national championship games. He was also selected by the International Ice Hockey Federation to referee in World Championship and World Junior Championship events.
A student-athlete at Ferris State University, Piotrowski served as a National Hockey League referee trainee and USA Hockey Officiating Program National Instructional Staff Member during his collegiate career.
Piotrowski currently resides in Troy, Mich., with his wife and three children.