HockeyRefCast Episode 2

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Link to the webcast for downloading to your iPod, iPhone, or other compatible device.

Host: Dave Aiello
Guest: Shane Hanlon, Referee-in-Chief of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA)

Highlights of Episode 2:

  • Hockey Officiating news from October and November 2008,
  • Listener Email,
  • An interview with our special guest, Shane Hanlon, Referee-in-Chief of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

Show notes:

  • HockeyRefCast News:
  • Listener Email:
  • Thanks to Chris Wertz of Phoenix, Arizona and Pat Cunningham of Newtown, Pennsylvania for their comments and questions which were discussed in this episode.

    • Recommended Products / Services for Off-ice Fitness Training:
      • Polar Fitness Computers are available from Polar Electro Oy. I use a Polar S625X which is useful for running and cycling. It's tough enough to wear during a hockey game, although it would probably be damaged by a direct hit from a slapshot.
      • Garmin Fitness Devices are available from Garmin Ltd.. These are more appropriate / useful for outdoor exercise, due to their extensive GPS capabilities.
      • Lance Armstrong: Run Longer workout mix created to be compatible with Nike Plus-compatible devices such as the iPod nano. Also useful on any iPod or iPhone device.
  • Shane Hanlon Interview:
    • Biography: Shane is the Referee-in-Chief of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The ACHA is the governing body for non-varsity hockey at the collegiate level in the United States.

      Shane has been a USA Hockey official for over 10 years. He has officiated in several National Championships for USA Hockey and has also worked as an on-ice official for the ECAC. He currently serves as a director of the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Officials Association, an officiating group affiliated with several ACHA Division I leagues in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.
    • American Collegiate Hockey Association
    • Eastern Collegiate Hockey Officials Association, an officiating organization in the states of NJ, PA, DE, MD, and RI that staffs ACHA Division I games.
    • Mid-Atlantic Hockey Officials Association, an officiating organization in the states of NJ, PA, DE, and NY that staffs ACHA Division II and Division III games.

Greetings to ACHA officiating supervisors who have received an announcement about the HockeyRefCast interview with Shane Hanlon, Referee-in-Chief of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. This interview is part of Episode 2 of this webcast.

It has not been released yet, but should be in the next few days.

If you want to be notified when the interview with Shane becomes available, you have two options:

  1. Subscribe to HockeyRefCast via iTunes, at no cost.
  2. Send an email to HockeyRefCast [at] gmail.com and request email notification.
Thanks for your interest in HockeyRefCast.

Here's a quick note for HockeyRefCast listeners. The primary hard disk crashed yesterday on the server where the HockeyRefCast blog is hosted. This resulted in the podcast blog and the podcast feed being temporarily unavailable.

Of course I was personally responsible for restoring all of the backups, so I spent much of the last 24 hours doing just that. I'm exhausted.

I'm not as close to being done with producing this episode as I expected to be. There's one segment that hasn't been recorded yet, and I have to finish some administrative paper work before I get back to the podcast. So it looks like Episode 2 will be delayed until at least the first week of November.

Update on December 4, 2008: Due to a couple of family emergencies that occurred in November, Episode 2 had to be delayed. Yesterday I finished editing the feature interview with Shane Hanlon of the ACHA. Episode 2 should be done and published on iTunes within the next few days.

HockeyRefCast Episode 1

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Link to the webcast for downloading to your iPod, iPhone, or other compatible device.

Host: Dave Aiello
Guest: Ian Walsh, NHL Referee

Highlights of Episode 1:

  • An introduction to the webcast,
  • Hockey Officiating news from the Summer of 2008,
  • An interview with our special guest, Referee Ian Walsh from the National Hockey League.

Show notes:

Welcome to HockeyRefCast

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HockeyRefCast is a webcast about ice hockey officiating.  I'm planning to produce twelve episodes lasting 30 minutes or less that will appear about once a month.  Listeners will be able to subscribe to the webcast via iTunes and other webcast content syndicators.

I'm Dave Aiello and I'm the host of the webcast.  I'm a high school and college ice hockey official from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I do most of my officiating in the ACHA which is college club hockey in the United States, and in the ECAC which is the largest college varsity hockey league in the country.

HockeyRefCast is a webcast by a hockey official for hockey officials.  If you are an up-and-coming official, I hope that HockeyRefCast gives you some good ideas to help you improve your game.  If you are an experienced official, I hope that you find the feature interviews interesting.


I'll introduce elite-level officials and supervisors to you.  They'll talk about the leagues and programs that they are part of.  They'll tell you about their experiences as officials and how their programs can help you to improve and advance.


Since hockey is an international sport administered by many different organizations, I'll try to find people from different organizations and different countries to talk about officiating in their areas.


You can get involved in the HockeyRefCast in a number of ways.  Visit our website at HockeyRefCast.com.  Tell your friends about the webcast and how to subscribe via iTunes.  Send us an email at our email address hockeyrefcast at gmail.com and tell us what you think of the show.

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