Schmidt Suspended At Least This Week
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod has acknowledged that league referee Randy Schmidt has been removed from his assignment for this weekend's game, and is currently on official suspension.
Speculation began because Schmidt did not officiate any games last weekend, following a pair of incidents for which the WCHA sent out letters of apology for mistakes made by the officials during games Schmidt was involved in.
"He wasn't scheduled to work last week, but he was scheduled to work this week," McLeod said. "He's under a suspension right now, and now we deal with it and make a final decision on the long term. ... He was taken off this weekend's series."
Schmidt was the referee during a game Jan. 11, when a Wisconsin goal was disallowed following a video review. The no-goal, which came as time expired, would have tied the game against Denver. The WCHA sent a letter of apology to Wisconsin, stating that the goal should have counted.
Schmidt was also the referee in a game earlier this season against St. Cloud State, when a Denver goal was allowed to stand, despite video evidence of goaltender interference. A letter of apology was also sent them.
McLeod said he weighed the ramifications of sending those letters, especially in light of calls to replay part of that game.
"I heard a lot from Wisconsin, like 'Big deal, you admitted an error,'" McLeod said. "I've noticed major football conferences, they use the word apology, but they don't change the result of the game. ... The possibilities there are innumerable. How many times have we seen a high stick or off-sides, or whatever?
"Of course this comes a few days after the NBA announces they're playing the last 52 seconds of a game over. I thought, 'Oh boy.'"
McLeod had another officiating incident this past weekend, when referee Todd Anderson grabbed Minnesota-Duluth forward Michael Gergen by the jersey in order to discuss something with him. According to the Duluth News-Tribune, McLeod was at the game and told Anderson that it was unacceptable for him to have grabbed a player. But Anderson was not further reprimanded.