The British Columbia Hockey League has announced that Director of Officiating Frank Broeders has resigned his position due to personal reasons and that a search will commence shortly to name his successor.
Broeders spent five seasons directing the league's officating program and managing a staff of over 60 referees and linesmen. His duties included recruitment, scouting, hiring and evaluation of officials.
“Over the past five years Frank put in a considerable amount of time developing, training and mentoring young officials in the BCHL," says league commissioner John Grisdale. "The program has grown considerably under his tutelage, and on behalf of the BCHL's Board of Governors I would like to wish Frank all the best in his future endeavors.”
Broeders is himself a longtime official who also serves as a video goal judge for the National Hockey League.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for the league," says Broeders. "I'd like to thank the BCHL and all the team owners, governors, general managers and coaches for all their support over the past five years."
Grisdale announced that a search for Broeders' replacement will begin immediately.
"A search for Frank’s successor will go on in earnest over the next two to three weeks," he says. "In the meantime, the league office along with some of the BCHL’s top officials will be introducing the Junior A Supplement and the accompanying Official's Handbook to all the referees assigned to work the BCHL this season."
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