After 25 years of service to ECAC Hockey, referee Alex Dell is hanging up his whistle and skates.
Dell will officiate his final game Nov. 16, when Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosts Union at Houston Field House.
The 44-year-old Dell, a Niskayuna resident, started his officiating career in the 1989-90 season. He worked ECACH tournament games for 18 seasons, and received NCAA hockey tournament assignments for six years. He officiated two Beanpot games, including the 2008 champ-ionship game.
“I think it is bittersweet,” Dell said. “I’ve had such a wonderful career in the ECAC, and the opportunity and privilege to work in all of the buildings and all the beaut-iful cities that make up our league. You think about the memories, and I think over the last several weeks that I’ve been working games this season that it’s starting to come up as reality that this will be the last time that I skate.
“But when I look back at the
career, I’m so blessed to have been able to work for as many years as I have in the league.”
Dell is the managing attorney for the Law Firm of Alex Dell, PLLC, in Colonie, focusing on workers’ compensation. He grew up in Scarsdale and lived in Binghamton before moving to Niskayuna.
He was in the NHL trainee program from 1997-99. He did referee an NHL game, between the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders on Jan. 23, 1992. He was a linesmen in the AHL from 1989-99.
Dell also has international hockey officiating experience. He worked three World Senior “A” champ-ionships, including the gold-medal game in 1998. Dell also worked games in the 1996 European Junior Championship, the 1997 World Junior “A” Pool Championship and the 1998 Olympic Qualification Tournament.
“I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities,” Dell said. “I recall when I was called to referee a
National Hockey League game in 1992. Being involved in the NCAA championships, the ECAC playoffs, the opportunity to work the 2008 Beanpot final are some of the memories that stand out.”
While he was involved in the NHL officials training program, the lure of making it there wasn’t that strong.
“I actually had more fun officiating at the college level, and it enabled me to not only do that, but work as an attorney,” Dell said. “Frankly, working as an NHL official would have been difficult to maintain my status as a full-time attorney, as well. This way, I ended up getting the best of both worlds because not only was I able to ref in college, but also to continue to work as an attorney and do some games in the American Hockey League on the side.”
While he could still continue to work games, there are other prior-ities in Dell’s life. He’s married with two children.
“I really had an opportunity work at every single level of hockey, from the National Hockey League to the amateur ranks, international and, of course, the ECAC and NCAA,” Dell said. “Now that my family and my children are getting a little older, it’s a good opportunity for me to make the transition and pass the torch on to some of the younger officials just like it was passed on to me back in 1989.”
ECACH commissioner Steve Hagwell praised Dell.
“Alex is a class act. He has been ever since I came into the league 14 years ago,” Hagwell said. “He’s been great to interact and work with. Time flies. When I read he was an official for 25 years, he doesn’t look a day older than when I met him 14 years ago. It’s sad, and yet, I’m happy for him. He’s had a great career.”
RPI forward Ryan Haggerty, who leads the nation in goals, was named ECAC Hockey player of the month for October on Thursday.
Haggerty helped the Engineers to a 4-1-1 start by scoring nine goals, including three multiple-goal games.
Supinski to Union
Union has received a commitment from Millbrook Prep forward Brett Supinski for either the 2015-16 or 2016-17 season.
Supinski was Millbrook’s leading scorer last season with 24 goals and 20 assists in 20 games. The 6-foot, 155-pound Supinski is 18 years old and is from Collegeville, Pa.
It was a busy week for NCAA hockey.
On Tuesday, the schedule, broadcast information and ticket packages were announced for the NCAA tournament regionals in March.
The East Regional semifinals at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., will be Friday, March 28, at 2 and 5:30 p.m. The final is Saturday, March 29, at 3 p.m. ESPNU will televise the semifinals, and ESPN2 will have the final.
The Midwest Regional at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati will be March 28-29. The semifinal games will be on ESPN3 at 4:30 p.m. and ESPNU at 8 p.m. The championship game is 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., is March 29-30. The semifinal games will be on ESPNU at 4 p.m. and ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. The final will be on ESPN2 at 5 p.m.
The West Regional at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., will be March 29-30. The semifinal games will be on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. and ESPNU at 9 p.m. The championship game is on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket information can be found three ways — online at www.-NCAA.com/frozenfour, by phone at 800-745-3000 or through the venue’s ticket office.
The next day, the 10 finalists to host the NCAA Frozen Fours from 2015 to 2018 were announced. The finalists are Boston’s TD Garden, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Buffalo’s First Niagara Center, Chicago’s United Center, Columbus’ Nationwide Arena, Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, Tampa’s Tampa Bay Times Forum and Washington’s Verizon Center.
Several of the finalists have hosted Frozen Fours. Boston last had one in 2004. Buffalo had the 2003 event. Columbus had the 2005 Frozen Four, but that was at Ohio State’s Schottenheimer Center. The Nationwide Arena is where the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets play.
Pittsburgh had last year’s Frozen Four, which featured the all-ECACH final between Yale and Quinnipiac. St. Paul hosted in 2011. Tampa Bay had the 2012 event, the year Union made it to the Frozen Four. Washington was home to the Frozen Four in 2009.
Philadelphia will host this season’s Frozen Four. Brooklyn and Chicago are seeking their first Frozen Fours.
The winners, along with future regional sites, will be announced Dec. 11.