Wakefield, Mass. - Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna announced the hiring of
Dan Schachte on Tuesday afternoon, as the league's first Coordinator of Officials.

Schachte, who will handle all the day-to-day operations of the league's officiating program, just finished a 30-year career as an National Hockey League linesman. He worked 2,009 regular-season games in the NHL dating back to 1982, which ranks fifth all-time and first all-time among American-born NHL officials. He also worked 221 Stanley Cup playoff games, which ranks eighth all-time among NHL linesman. He worked five Stanley Cup Finals ('97, '98, '00, '01, '02) and worked Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals. He also served as a linesman in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which included the Bronze Medal Game.

Schachte also served on the NHLOA Discipline Committee from 2002 to 2010, as well as the NHLOA Executive Board (1991-1992) and the NHL Injury Analysis Panel in 2002.

"My family and I are excited to take on this position with Hockey East, said Schachte. "The conference is arguably one of the top amateur hockey leagues in the world, and I am going to put every ounce of my energy into making the league the best."

He has also served as an Officiating Supervisor for USA Hockey since
2011, mentoring many of the top young officials in the United States with
instruction and training at camps around the country. Schachte, who was
a former Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and
United States Hockey League (USHL) referee from for two years
(1980-1982), co-founded of the Wisconsin Elite Hockey League (WEHL)
back in 2006.

Schachte studied Mechanical Enginering at the University of Wisconsin.
He resides in Verona, Wis. with his wife Kim and children, Danny, Ian, Lauren and Maddy.