Biography

About Mark Riley and Geno Binda

Mark Riley

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Mark Riley was born and raised in Boston and is one of the most-booked comedians in New England. He started playing hockey at the age of 4 and continued to play through college. Mark played his college hockey at Curry College and due to a back injury his senior year his playing career ended. Not long after graduation his refereeing career began. At the urging on from his brother Steven, who had reffed for years, he gave refereeing a try. He loved the ability it afforded him to stay involved with the game he loved and decided to make a career out of it.

Mark attended a USA Hockey Regional development camp in Lake Placid. The following season he worked high school hockey and youth hockey and then that summer attended USA Hockey National
development camp, where he was hired to work full time in the USHL and part time in the minor pro Central Hockey League. After a successful season where he worked the USHL finals, Mark was accepted to USA Hockey Select Camp that included just twelve participants. This is where he met Andy van Hellemond, long time NHL referee and the Director of Officials for the East Coast Hockey League. Mark was hired to work the ECHL where he was for four years. He also made multiple trips out west to work the Western Hockey League and the West Coast Hockey League. Mark was hired by the NHL but then fired a week later. Why you ask? He was born in the wrong country. Mark went on to work division 1 college hockey in the ECAC for 2 years and then took time off to focus on coaching his daughter and at Thayer Academy. Mark came back to refereeing when he stopped coaching and now works college and junior hockey along with supervising for Referee’s Crease.

Mark co-authored the movie script “Penalty Box” based on his life in pro hockey. He is currently publishing his first book and has many
television appea ances in commercials and on NESN and Dirty Water TV. And to further impress you, he was a finalist in the 2016 Boston Comedy Festival.

Gino Binda

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The South Boston, Mass., native who’s first boooo came at age 11 refereeing South Boston and Charleston after calling a goal back on his home town of South Boston. He has never looked back officiating games in 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.

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