“Steve Piotrowski has been an exceptional college official for more than 20 years, has a wealth of experience in pressure situations and is highly respected throughout the entire collegiate hockey community," stated CCHA Commissioner Tom Anastos in making the announcement. “He’s the consummate professional and will provide excellent leadership both within the CCHA and nationally.”
Piotrowski, who played in the CCHA at Ferris State University from 1977-79, has served as an on-ice official with the league for the past 26 years. He has worked in the NCAA Tournament on 14 occasions and officiated six NCAA national championship games, beginning in 1987 and most recently in 2005 at Columbus, Ohio, along with being tabbed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to referee in the World Championship and World Junior Championship events.
“I’m excited to be a part of what I feel is the finest group of on-ice officials in college hockey and look forward to continuing to build a system that will recruit and develop quality officials so the officiating needs of the CCHA can be looked after for years to come," said the 50-year old Piotrowski. “I’ve had the tremendous privilege and honor to work with an outstanding and dedicated group of on-ice officials, director of officials, supervisors, and administrators over the past 26 seasons. I will deeply miss being on the ice, the camaraderie in the locker room, but I certainly look forward to the challenges that will come with this position."
Piotrowski will oversee a CCHA officiating staff that, during the 2006-07 season, consisted of a dozen referees, 50 assistant referees and four game supervisors.