Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/26/11 at 11:45 AM ET
from Brent Baburich at Penguins.com,
In 2009, he (Steve Waters) worked one of the USA Hockey 18U National Semi-Finals. In 2010, he was assigned the PA State High School AA Championship and last season he worked the Robert Morris-RIT game at the Island Sports Center that saw the Colonials bring in the largest home crowd in program history (1,200 fans). It would seem fair to say that Steve has a lot of hockey-related experience and memories. However, last month he was given an experience of a lifetime.
Steve was one of 20 officials invited to attend the NHL Exposure Camp in Toronto. This camp is designed to bring together people that have played at a high-level of hockey who are looking to pursue officiating more seriously now that they are done playing. The NHL holds the belief that this type of player will make for a good official as he or she should have developed a high “hockey IQ” during their time playing. Steve knew how lucky he was to be selected for this opportunity. He said, “It really meant a lot to be invited to this camp. I was told that there was an extremely large amount of applications for NHL Exposure this year and only 20 were selected. It was truly an honor.”
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