Child Actor Now WCHA Referee

(Above) WCHA Referee Max Battimo

by Mark Simon

(left) Max Battimo bottom right

College hockey official Max Battimo was officiating a game not long ago when he skated over to the University of Denver bench to explain a series of penalty calls to the head coach.

Battimo was expecting some kind of retort, or an attempt by the coach to get into his head, so that the next call would be more favorable.

Instead, coach George Gwozdecky just smiled and said, "'Saved by the Bell,' huh?"

You never know who the ref might be at your next collegiate hockey game. It might be Battimo, a former child actor, who spent a year on the popular children's television show before it became this generation's "The Brady Bunch."

But unlike Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, who became successful Hollywood personalities as adults, Battimo went a different route. And he doesn't have a tell-all about the show's success like Dustin Diamond, aka "Screech," does with the recent release of his tawdry autobiography.

Battimo was on the show in its first year when it aired on The Disney Channel and was known as "Good Morning, Miss Bliss." He played the curly-haired Mikey Gonzalez, a classmate of Zack Morris and his friend Screech (read rest of article).


Anonymous said...

This story came out about 4-5 years ago fyi

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious

dggoddard said...

The story was written on 1/12/2010.

Anonymous said...

Gwoz=Principal Belding?

dggoddard said...

Saved by the Bell - WCHA Edition

Scotty Owens = Screech

Don Lucia = Zack

Jamie Russel = A.C. Slater

Dave Shiack = Jessie -always crying about the refereeing.