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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

  • 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

October Spotlight

  • 17 years old and has been officiating for 4 years
  • Play on the Geneva Cyclones U18 CSDHL team
  • Is a member of the St.Charles North Bass Fishing team as well as the Ultimate Frisbee team
  • Loves wake-boarding and bare footing in the summer

  • Has been an ice hockey official for 2 years
  • Participates in the American Development Program
  • Also officiates football and lacrosse
  • Has high aspirations of officiating all sports at high levels beyond high school