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Referee Spotlight

The Youth Hockey Referee Spotlight highlights two amateur hockey referees from Illinois per month and gives them the opportunity to attend a Blackhawks game and meet the NHL refs prior to puck drop. The impact and contribution of youth referees in hockey is as important as the players, and this is a great opportunity to reward them for their contributions. Click here to meet some of our previous nominees!

March Spotlight

  • 5th season as an official.
  • Started playing hockey at Robert Crown Ice Center, in Evanston, IL at 5 years old.
  • Officiating still allows him to skate and watch hockey, as well as give back to the hockey community.
  • Attends Loyola University Chicago, majoring in statistics with a minor in United States history.
  • Second year officiating youth hockey.
  • Joined the local advanced development program this year and was able to officiate high level games through this program.
  • Sophomore at Fremd High School.
  • Aspires to go to college at Iowa state and possibly officiate professional hockey in the future

February Spotlight

  • Junior at Bolingbrook High School
  • Third year as a hockey referee
  • Defenseman for the Spartans Hockey Club
  • Plays the ukulele and piano

January Spotlight

  • Recent college graduate from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
  • Started skating at 4 years old and played for Evanston, Wilmette and Team Illinois.
  • After playing hockey through college, she decided to start officiating to stay connected to the game.
  • Brodie is 16 years old and attends Burlington Central High School.
  • He has three brothers.
  • Quit high school hockey to play Varsity Football.

December Spotlight

  • Been playing hockey since 4-years-old.
  • Now plays for Providence Catholic High School.
  • Father has been reffing for almost 30 years and older brother has been an official since he was 14.
  • Has met a lot of good people while officiating hopes to continue.
  • From Naperville, IL.
  • Sophomore at Neuqua Valley High School.
  • Second year, level-two referee.
  • Two passions in life are officiating hockey and flying airplanes.
  • Started skating at 4-years-old and plays hockey at Canlan Ice Center.
  • Plans on attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study to be a commercial airline pilot.

November Spotlight

  • A junior at Adlai E Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.
  • Plays on the highs school JV team.
  • Currently in fourth season of refereeing as a Level 3 for AHAI/IHOA and just recently worked 500th game.
  • Joined the AHAI/IHOA Advanced Development Program this season, which allows him to do higher level games and mentor new officials.
  • Looking to attend school in New England and study Engineering and Business.
  • Wants to join the USA Hockey Officials Development Program.

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October Spotlight

  • Started playing competitively at 7 years old and has continued playing ever since
  • Moved to Iowa after college and decided to become an official to stay involved in the game of hockey
  • When he relocated to Chicago in spring 2016 he joined the Illinois Hockey Officials Association and has been officiating games of all ages around Chicagoland ever since.
  • When he is not officiating you can find Jonathan continuing to play in adult leagues at Fifth Third Arena and Johnny's IceHouse.

 

  • Senior at York High School
  • In 4th season as an official. Officiates High School, AAA, and AA games
  • Officiated National Championships in San Jose, Chicago, and Tampa Bay
  • Volunteer head student coach at the Hornets Sled Hockey Team out of Mount Prospect, IL

March Spotlight

  • Played club hockey and has recently graduated from the University of Illinois in Computer Engineering
  • Has officiated youth hockey for over 8 seasons
  • Enjoys working ACHA and USPHL hockey games
  • Hobbies included working out and programming

  • Started officiating at 12-years-old
  • In college made the decision to focus solely on being an official
  • Attended several camps through USA Hockey and with the help of many mentors, life in stripes took her further than she had ever thought possible
  • Works a variety of levels ranging from squirts to international hockey and everything in between
  • Dreams of one day working the Olympics and men's NCAA or minor pro

February Spotlight

  • Junior at Schaumburg High School
  • Started playing hockey at the age of 5 for Wolfpack Hockey out of Hoffman Estates
  • Plays for D211 Chiefs High School Hockey Club and on his high school's Varsity golf team
  • Caddies at Medinah Country Club during spring, summer, and fall
  • Justin's career passion is working in the airline industry and being a hockey official long term

  • Has been officiating for 4 years
  • Currently level 3 and went to Futures camp this past summer
  • Works many USA Hockey youth games, as well as USPHL and NCAA Div 3 (NCHA)

January Spotlight

 

  • 11th year officiating for IHOA
  • Currently an IHOA Board member
  • Mentor, Supervisor and Evaluator for IHOA
  • Certified USA Hockey Seminar Instructor
  •  Skate games ranging from JV to ACHA Division 2.
  • Referee highlight was being a linesman for the 2013-14 Girls Varsity State Championship at the United Center.. 
  • 8th year officiating hockey.
  • Currently works as a Supply Chain Engineer at a third party logistics company called BlueGrace Logistics.
  • Current member of the board of directors for the Illinois Hockey Officials Association (IHOA).
  • Works as a part time official in the USA Hockey Officials Development Program skating Junior and Division 1 College Club. hockey games, as well as work full time skating NCAA Division 3 hockey games as lineman.
  • Proudest moments so far as an official have been working the Quarter-final for the NCAA Division 3 national tournament, skating in a USA Hockey National tournament Semi-final game, and working the Illinois Girls High School State Championship game at the United Center.
  • Hopes to continue to develop as an official and skate NCAA Division 1 college hockey games.

December Spotlight

  • Senior hockey player at Deerfield High School
  • Recently committed to Tulane University in New Orleans on a full scholarship to study Chinese language and biochemistry
  • In his 4th season as a referee and has officiated close to 250 games, ranging from the mite level all the way up to high school varsity hockey

  • Junior at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox
  • Level 3 Official who has officiated Squirt level Championships and CCM World Invite Games
  • Enjoys playing golf in addition to officiating
  • Following in the footsteps of his dad who is also a referee

November Spotlight

  • Level 1 official who aspires to referee at the highest levels
  • Freshman at Burlington Central High School
  • Enjoys lacrosse, cross country, and track in addition to hockey
  • Following in the footsteps of his dad who has been a referee for 37 years
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