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Youth Hockey Referee Spotlight

The Minnesota Wild, in partnership with Minnesota Hockey and the Positive Coaching Alliance, will honor one male and one female youth hockey referee per month, October through March, as part of the Youth Hockey Referee Spotlight Program. Honorees will be selected by Minnesota Hockey Officials Association (MHOA). Each referee will receive two game tickets will be invited to meet the NHL referees before the game. 

November 2017 | Daniel Lyons & Kendall Markovic
Name: Daniel Lyons
Hometown: Hutchinson, MN

Q: What is your age?
A: 18
 
Q: Did you play competitive hockey? If yes, what was the highest level of hockey that you played?
A: I am currently playing High School hockey.
 
Q: How many years have you been officiating?
A: I am in my 5th season.
 
Q: What level(s) do you officiate most often?
A: Peewees or squirts.
 
Q: Why did you become a referee?
A: To better understand the game, and to hopefully continue to be a part of it.
 
Q: What is your favorite memory as a referee?
A: The first time I officiated a Bantam A game.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey parent? 
A: Have fun and enjoy your kid playing.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey coach? 
A: Relax, it is all for the love of the game.

Name: Kendall Markovic
Hometown: Hutchinson, MN

Q: What is your age?
A: 17
 
Q: Did you play competitive hockey? If yes, what was the highest level of hockey that you played?
A: Girls Varsity High School Hockey.
 
Q: How many years have you been officiating?
A: 8 years
 
Q: What level(s) do you officiate most often?
A: Bantam A and B
 
Q: Why did you become a referee?
A: One of my teammates and I wanted to try it.
 
Q: What is your favorite memory as a referee?
A: Officiating the 12uB State Championship Game
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey parent?
A: Your view and my view are two completely different views. Maybe what you saw is different than what I saw.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey coach?
A: Each person that steps into that hockey rink has a role in the success of each game; each player, coach, official and parent. To achieve success, we each need to do our part for the betterment of the game.

 

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