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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.

March Spotlight

  • Freshman at St Charles High School
  • First season officiating hockey
  • Favorite sport is lacrosse

  • Senior at Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, IL
  • Played goalie for high school hockey club
  • Coaches Bantam hockey for the Glenview Stars
  • Volunteers as a teen court juror for the Teen Court program in Lake County
  • Fourth year officiating - Plans on attending Michigan State University, where he hope to continue to referee and coach

February Spotlight

  • First year officiating
  • Freshman at St. Rita High School and plays on the hockey team
  • Enjoys meeting and learning from experienced officials
  • Hopes to officiate higher level games in the future

  • 16 years old and a Junior at O'Fallon Township High School, O'Fallon, IL
  • Referees for MIHOA (Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association) and just finished his 5th season
  • Named an All-Star referee by MIHOA during last Summer's Winterland tournament in St. Louis
  • Participated in MIHOA's Futures Camp in December 2016
  • Played for three teams this past season (High School Varsity, High School Junior Varsity and Affton U18 AA)
  • Attended the CCM Showcase in Denver in May 2016 and will attend again in May 2017.

January Spotlight

  • Currently studying computer science at Montana State University.
  • Started reffing on year off between high school and college, just for something fun to do during free time.
  • Played for Lyons Township high school varsity up until graduation in 2015.
  • Hobbies include pick up/rat hockey, working with computers and music.

  • Originally from St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2014.
  • Works in advertising and hobbies include golfing and running along the lakefront.
  • In third year officiating and a member of IHOA's Advanced Development Program and Mentor Program.
  • Hopes to work NCAA or pro hockey.
  • Enjoys making positive connections with coaches, players and other officials.

December Spotlight

  • Senior defenseman at Barrington High School
  • Wants to study Sports Management at Dayton, Bradley or Butler
  • Eagle Scout project benefitted students at Sunny Hill School by providing a custom-built cabinet filled with sports equipment for the students to use during recess.
  • Referee for youth games and plans on continuing through college
  • Senior defenseman at Barrington High School
  • Hopes to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study Computer Science in the Fall 2017
  • Alternate for the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association 2017 World Championship Team
  • Eagle Scout project provided Homework Help Kits to 400 families at an economically challenged school in the Chicago area so that the students had the tools they needed at home to complete their homework and be successful in school.
  • Has accumulated over 200 volunteer hours in various community service projects.

November Spotlight

  • Freshman hockey player at Providence Catholic High School
  • Second year officiating in Illinois
  • Joined his father who has been a long time referee in Illinois
  • Enjoys being a junior coach for the Jaguars Minorhawks program
  • Started playing Hockey at age of 8
  • Dad was a referee at the junior and minor pro hockey levels
  • Would like to become an architect
  • Attends Richland Jr. High as an eighth grader.