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Previous Referee Spotlight Nominees

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.

Meet some of our previous nominees!

March 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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

March 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2016 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 2016 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.