VIRGINIA While last year Milan Drapa started as a striker for třinecké Pharaohs in the Silesian hockey league, this year in the same competition decides the matches.
Last year you began under the Pharaohs of Třinec in the SHL, this year you whistle. Put you skates on a nail?
No. I play BAHL for the Castle and in the SHL I’m helping out as a referee.
Why did you decide to leave the ranks of the Pharaohs?
Mainly for reasons of time. I couldn’t handle it. Now, some would argue that I whistle every Saturday, but can I determine which games I’ll drive. Hockey is for me a matter of heart, and when I didn’t play the game, hated them far more than when I can’t go whistle.
So you decided to try it out as a referee?
Yes. I told you to go whistle. I’ll try this season, whether to do it at all. Nobody’s complained yet, except for a few individuals. We’ll see what happens next year. Maybe I’ll play again Silesian hockey league.
As you look at the hockey now, as a referee?
I changed the view of the referee. This year I’ve slowed down a little, although once my nerves had burst. Already with the referees so I’m not debating.
Have it according to you, the referee hard?
Yes, they have. Especially on the amateur level players many times don’t know the rules and yet they want the competition to play.
You must have a long time to get used to move around the ice surface without a hole?
He had to do. Move around the ice without a stick is completely different. Not that I was having trouble skating, but there were such moments when to me bounced the puck, I want him hitting into the goal. It was kind of weird.
How they treat you players?
I know about five or seven guys from each team. A lot of them are from Nýdku, all the Pharaohs. The players treat me decently. Some call me mr. referee, others call me Milan.
So let’s get to hockey. The castle this year in BAHL’s doing great.
It is the truth. We have three balanced attacks, two great defense and the other alternates, who are able to fill in. I believe that we go even higher.