I interrupt the regular Michigan Hockey Photo blog with this important announcement. In response to a tweet I sent after the game on Saturday night, Mr. Molina responded and said that Saturday was his last game as he was moving out of state soon. Now, I don’t know about you, but I was bummed by this news. I tried to go and see if I could figure out how many years he has been on the Blue Line for Michigan games, but for some reason they don’t list years of experience for Hockey Referees.
Why was I bummed? Well, not only is Tony a great Linesman, (or is that Assistant Referee), but he has a personality! He regularly engages with the @childrenofyost and others. He generally operates with a smile in everything he does, even in the thankless job of being a College Hockey Linesman. In his last game, he made a controversial icing call that eventually got overturned by the referees, but he even took that in stride.
It’s going to be different at Yost without someone who really embraces the fans and the atmosphere. Who will pick up his legacy of throwing candy to the fans and or snow from around the goal crease. Checking the net and even climbing inside at the encouragement of the students. The loudest cheers for a referee were always for Tony Molina. We’re going to miss you. If you’re ever back in town, I’m sure we can find a spot where you can share the game with us. The Mayor has already volunteered. Best wishes wherever you go, and I hope your memories of Yost will be fond ones.