Longtime NCAA Referee Will Begin New Atlantic Hockey Position July 1
Below is the Atlantic Hockey Association’s press release about Eugene Binda Jr. being hired by AHA as their Supervisor of Officiating. Binda was most recently the USPHL’s Director of Officiating Development.
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Following a comprehensive search, the Atlantic Hockey Association and College Hockey America have named Eugene Binda Jr. as their next Supervisor of Officials, AHA and CHA Commissioner Michelle Morgan announced.
Binda, who retired from officiating following the 2021-22 season, served as an officials observer for Atlantic Hockey during the 2022-23 campaign. He will begin his duties on July 1.
“Atlantic Hockey and College Hockey America are pleased to welcome Eugene Binda Jr. as our new Supervisor of Officials,” Morgan said. “Geno brings more than three decades of officiating experience to the AHA and CHA and a familiarity with both of our leagues. That, along with his long-standing relationships with professional and college officials in the northeast and nationally make him an ideal fit for this role.”
The South Boston, Mass., native officiated games for Atlantic Hockey, Hockey East, ECAC and NCHC at the NCAA Division I level as well as USHL, American Hockey League (AHL), ECHL, Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), high school and amateur hockey contests over a 30-year career that began in 1992.
Nationally, Binda officiated three NCAA Frozen Fours (2016, 2018, 2022) and eight NCAA regionals from 2015-22 along with conference tournaments for Atlantic Hockey, the NCHC and Hockey East. He capped his career in 2022 with men’s championship game assignments at the Beanpot, Hockey East and Frozen Four.
At the professional level, Binda refereed playoffs for the AHL, ECHL and SPHL from 2009-18, including ECHL finals assignments in 2009 and 2010 and the AHL conference finals in 2013 and 2014.
“I’m excited to take this next step in my hockey career as Supervisor of Officials for Atlantic Hockey and College Hockey America,” Binda Jr. said. “I want to thank my wife, Mary, and my two daughters, Cameron and Dylan, for supporting me through the years on the ice and now on my journey off the ice. I also want to thank former Commissioner Robert DeGregorio and former Supervisor of Officials Gene Binda for the support and guidance through this transition. I want to continue to grow the officiating staff and give other officials the opportunities the AHA and CHA did for my career. I am very grateful to be involved in hockey and to Commissioner Michelle Morgan for this opportunity. I look forward to a great season.”