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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

  • Level 1 official who is a Peewee playing for the Leafs in Crystal Lake.
  • Attends Richard Bernotas Middle School as an 8th grader and participates in the National Junior Honors Society.
  • Intends on transitioning to playing for the D155 Predators High School program.
  • Highlight of career thus far has been working high school or Bantam AA tournament games.
  • Hopes to continue officiating through the higher levels of the game such as Juniors, College and the NHL.
  • Level 3 official and has been officiating ice hockey games for three years.
  • Sophomore honor roll student at Richmond Burton Community High School in Richmond, IL.
  • Community service work includes helping out at the local food pantry and adopt a highway pick up.
  • Enjoys playing football, basketball and baseball at the RBCHS.

February Spotlight

  • Junior at Carl Sandburg High School
  • Picked up reffing after getting a concussion in hockey
  • Helped to build a house with Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia
  • Hobbies include golf, hanging out with friends, and fishing
  • Currently a junior at Carl Sandburg High School
  • Has an older brother and sister and a younger sister
  • Both dad and older brother are also referees
  • Currently looking at colleges with a focus on Automotive Engineering/ Automotive Technology
  • Helped church with Vacation Bible School(VBS) over the summer

January Spotlight

  • Freshmen at Shepard High School in Palos Heights with a GPA of 4.45 and a focus in Business and Finance
  • Plays golf, lacrosse and hockey for the Cobras Hockey Club
  • Grew up playing for the Arctic Jr. Fury and the St. Jude Knights
  • This is his first year officiating
  • Anthony's dad Tom coaches an Arctic mite team and was an official when he was younger, his mom Julie has been a figure skating instructor for 23 years, and his brother Mike is a mite
  • In 2nd year as an official
  • Sophomore at Glenbrook North
  • Would like to referee Junior Hockey and eventually the NHL down the road
  • Officiating highlight was reffing a high school JV game

December Spotlight

  • 17-years-old and a senior at Downers Grove South High School.
  • Plays hockey for the DuPage Stars varsity team and have been officiating hockey for three years.
  • Umpires baseball and works as a program assistant for SEASPAR.
  • Percussionist in the school band and was the tenor section leader this year for marching band.
  • Family has fostered over 50 dogs for Animal Rescue Foundation.
  • Plans to study Elementary Education at Illinois State University.

  • Began skating at age two and a half at Arctic Ice Arena with Coach Chris Cimoch.
  • Played for the Vikings, Fury, and St. Jude Knights organizations.
  • Discovered Cross Country as a passion after hockey.
  • Gave up hockey to pursue competitive running and discovered refereeing.
  • Currently in third year refereeing.
  • Level three official and a member of the IHOA Advanced Development Program.
  • Sophomore at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort with a 4.37 GPA.

November Spotlight

  • Senior at Glenbrook North (GBN) High School in Northbrook, IL
  • Fourth year, Level 3 referee in Illinois
  • Plans to attend college next year and will continue refereeing
  • Plays high school tennis and competes on the GBN debate team
  • Interested in outer space and plans on majoring in aerospace engineering in college

October Spotlight

  • 19 years old, entering his fifth year officiating
  • Currently a freshman at Joliet Junior College
  • Played varsity hockey with the Spartans hockey club
  • Volunteers with the science and music programs at Kelvin Grove Middle School
  • Goal is to officiate higher levels of hockey, such as college or juniors, and possibly even professionally
  • Battles with Cystic Fibrosis while maintaining school and officiating schedule

  • Senior at Benedictine University studying actuarial science
  • Market analysis and planning intern at Hub Group
  • Participates in the Officiating Development Program and is in his third year as an official
  • Volunteers as a tutor at Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center helping low income and refugee children improve their academic and social interaction skills
  • Attended the Pittsburgh Elite Officiating Camp and Central District Officiating Camp in Ames, Iowa