I think USCHO Area Reporter PCM sums it up the best: I think it's very disrespectful to UND and Robbie Bina that Adam is still reffing in the WCHA. I think it was a slap in Hak's face that the WCHA assigned this series to Adam. I think the fact that Hakstol showed more emotion on the bench than any time I've seen during his coaching career at UND is an indicator as to how he felt about it.
Hakstol apologizes for actions
Grand Forks Herald
February 03, 2008
UND men’s hockey head coach Dave Hakstol said today he is apologizing for his actions in a discussion with referee Don Adam during Saturday’s game at the University of Minnesota.
A Fox Sports North camera caught Hakstol flipping off Adam during the second period of the game.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to our fans, players and entire program, as well as all college hockey fans, the WCHA and Don Adam, for my actions during the second period of last night’s game versus the University of Minnesota,” Hakstol said. “I’m disappointed in myself for allowing my emotions and frustrations to get the better of me. I pride myself in not allowing this type of thing to occur.
“Most importantly, I am a parent before I am a coach, and I understand the responsibility that we carry as coaches within the WCHA to young hockey fans and families everywhere.
“I have evaluated and feel terrible about my actions and can assure everyone that such a thing will never happen again.”
The game ended in a 1-1 tie.