As much as he would like to officiate this year, Brian Hansen is taking the year off following the advice of his doctors. Hansen has been undergoing treatments for cancer after the disease was found last year in his pancreas and gall bladder.
Hansen had hoped to return to the hardwood in January, but had a setback when blood clots were discovered in his lungs and legs. The clots have since cleared.
"I met with the doctors and they said don't do anything. I guess I had to be told that," he said. "I had planned on getting out there, but I can't get in shape because I've been so tired. I haven't had a chance to even walk around much."
Hansen said he's getting the results of his last chemo treatment Wednesday, which is also his 60th birthday. "I'm thinking everything is going to go well. The last two CAT scans didn't show anything new. We've been attacking this with positive thoughts. I kind of figured it would take a year to get this thing licked."
Hansen is staying involved in the game, serving as the timer for the men's and women's teams at Canisius College. He'll also be doing some observing of young officials. He said his goal is to be strong enough to coach baseball at Williamsville South in the spring.
Hansen started his officiating career in 1968-1969, the first year public schools offered girls basketball interscholastically. He said the 5-on-5 game was brought in that year on an experimental basis.
-- Mary Jo Monnin