COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that referees John Lindner (San Diego, Calif.) and Rocco Stachowiak (Chicago, Ill.) will be joined by linesmen Bryan Gorcoff (Columbus, Ohio) and Matt Heinen (Minnetonka, Minn.) for the 2022 BioSteel All-American Game, which will be held on Jan. 17 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on NHL Network.
The BioSteel All-American Game features the top American players eligible for June’s NHL Draft.
“These showcase events feature the up-and-coming talent within USA Hockey for not just players, but our officials as well,” said Matt Leaf, director of officiating education for USA Hockey. “These four officials have worked hard for this opportunity, and represent the success of our officiating development program.”
Lindner has been an official since age 11 and has previously officiated the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, as well as the 2019 Robertson Cup Championship (NAHL) and 2021 Clark Cup Final (USHL). Stachowiak also officiated in the 2021 Clark Cup Final, after previously working the 2015 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. The Chicago native is in his ninth season with USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program, including six years as a linesman.
Gorcoff has been an official for 12 seasons, including working the 2018 Robertson Cup Championship and 2021 Clark Cup Final. Heinen began officiating as a college student in his final two years while attending the University of Denver in 2019, and has been selected to work both the 2019 and 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, in addition to working the 2021 Clark Cup Final.
All four officials are currently working their first ECHL season and have experience officiating junior hockey in both the USHL and NAHL.
Tickets for the BioSteel All-American Game are currently on sale at the USA Hockey Arena box office or online, here.