The new Canadian International Hockey League has named veteran referee George Harrison as its Director of Officiating effective the 2014-2015 season.
Harrison has spent more than 15 years as an official in the professional ranks with stops in the Colonial Hockey League, United Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, Central Hockey League and Western Professional Hockey League.
Totalling more than 1,500 professional games in his officiating career, Harrison has also worked finals and all-star games within the ECHL, CHL and UHL.
In addition to doing games, Harrison held the Referee in Chief position for the United Hockey League between 1998 and 2000 and held the same position for the Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League from 2006-2009.
“The CIHL is fortunate to have a proven hockey statesman like Mr. Harrison involved with the overseeing of our league’s on-ice officials,” said CIHL President Tim Clayden. “Officiating is always a concern at this level of play and having George and his experience heading up our game officials gives our league ownership, management, coaches and especially our players a stable, experienced resource that we all will be able to count on as we launch our CIHL programs next September.”
CIHL Vice-President Dean Pauli noted that Harrison’s “resume speaks for itself. His experience and leadership on and off the ice will undoubtedly benefit our on-ice game officials and the CIHL as a whole. George will ensure all CIHL officials are taken seriously and have a voice in all discipline decisions handed down.”
As for Harrison, he said: “I would like to thank the CIHL for the opportunity to return to hockey and help develop younger officials. The CIHL looks to be a very-exciting league and I will do my best to bring our level of officiating to what is expected at the Junior A level of play.”
Harrison said the CIHL, under the leadership of Clayden and Pauli, is a major positive.
“With their background and leadership and the CIHL vision, I very much look forward to being a part of a very exciting, very progressive and visionary junior league that is making franchise-operational standards a priority along with the development and promotion of every student-athlete player.”