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Editor’s note: Long-time ECAC official Tim Kotyra decided to retire from officiating at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. Kotyra finished his NCAA championship career in the national championship game in Tampa in 2012 and also refereed the 2004 title game in Boston (see picture below). The NCAA asked Tim to share his thoughts with other officials on retirement and reflect on his career.

For all these years I have not been able to imagine and frankly, dreaded the moment that has now come and gone.  I never pictured a time that I would not be packing my referee’s bag for the weekend travels.  But now, after 24 years in college hockey, that weekend has come and gone; and the time was right. 

I began to think about retiring several years ago.  Subtle signs were apparent.  The old knees were letting me know that this was not getting any easier.   I also began to look at the trip as a chore, where I used to start getting fired up on Wednesday thinking about the weekend ahead. The passion was starting to fade.   My family also needed me more.  The phone calls that would come at 4:45PM from one of my girls needing me dampened my pre-game spirits.   After all these years of putting hockey first, I felt the pull stronger to be home.  I knew I didn’t want to miss any more of my girl’s activities and my wife did not want to attend any more events alone. 

Read more: Long-Time Official Tim Kotyra Shares His Thoughts on Retirement

A big congratulations to chapter members and Rochester, NY natives Peter Feola and Tim Kotyra on being selected as the Referees for the 2012 Frozen Four Finals in Tampa Bay, FL.  Peter and Tim represented the ECAC Hockey League in the NCAA tournament along with linesmen Dave Brown (NJ) and Glen Cooke (CT) and were selected to officiate the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship between Boston Collge and Ferris State Univerity (Michigan).  The game was played on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 7:00pm in front of a record setting crowd of 18,818 people at the Tampa Bay Times Forum - plus the thousands of viewers watching live on ESPN at home - with Boston College beating out Ferris State University 4-1 for the national title.  Congratulations to Peter, Tim and the rest of the ECAC Hockey League crew on a great season and an outstanding achievement.

Congratulations to our chapter President, Brian Lemon, on being awarded the 2012 Michael Condon award, awarded by the American Hockey League.  Brian is only the 10th official in the league to be recognized with this award for his outstanding service to the American Hockey League.  Brian was awarded on March 10, 2012 at the Rochester Americans' home game at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY.  The Michael Condon Memorial Award, instituted in 2002, honors an AHL on-ice official for his outstanding service to the American Hockey League.  It is named for veteran AHL linesman Mike Condon, who passed away suddenly during the 2001-02 season.  Congratulations, again, to Brian Lemon.



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