INDIANAPOLIS -- Steve Piotrowski, one of the most respected and accomplished on-ice officials in college hockey history, has been named NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee secretary-rules editor. Piotrowski assumes the role vacated by former St. John’s (Minnesota) University coach John Harrington, who announced his departure in April to coach professionally in Switzerland.
“Steve’s experience and passion for the game make him the ideal person for this position,” said Jim Knowlton, chair of the Ice Hockey Rules Committee and director of athletics at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. “He is a respected figure in college hockey and has the skills required to continue to help improve our game.”
Piotrowski served as a NCAA on-ice official with the league for 26 years before retiring last year to become director of officials for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Piotrowski officiated in the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship 14 times, including six national championship games. Piotrowski also served the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) as a referee in World Championship and World Junior Championship events.
“I am honored and excited to be selected and look forward to serving the NCAA and the sport of college ice hockey in a very positive manner,” said Piotrowski. “This opportunity allows me to contribute back to a sport I care so much about.”
Piotrowski graduated from Ferris State University in 1982, where he was an ice hockey student-athlete.