Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Minnesota Wild

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. 

January 2018 | Nick Fussy & Claire Cripps
Name: Nick Fussy
Hometown: Shakopee, 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: Yeah. Played up until Bantam B2.
 
Q: How many years have you been officiating?
A: 3 years.
 
Q: What level(s) do you officiate most often?
A: Squirts.
 
Q: Why did you become a referee?
A: Well, the money is a start. I also wanted to stay close to the game that I liked so much.
 
Q: What is your favorite memory as a referee?
A: Having my partner kick a coach out of the game. I couldn't stop laughing.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey parent? 
A: If your kid is on Squirt 'C', please realize that your child is not in the NHL. I do not want to get an earful because your kid was "tripped."
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey coach? 
A: This isn't the NHL. I realize you may have some talented players, but there is still a learning curve for both new officials and players.

Name: Claire Cripps
Hometown: Hutchinson, MN

Q: What is your age?
A: 23
 
Q: Did you play competitive hockey? If yes, what was the highest level of hockey that you played?
A: Yes, I played for Augsburg College for 4 years - now named Augsburg University.
 
Q: How many years have you been officiating?
A: 2
 
Q: What level(s) do you officiate most often?
A: Girls 15A and Bantams.
 
Q: Why did you become a referee?
A: My dad and brothers have reffed most of my life, I wanted to keep the tradition going and it's a great way to stay involved with the sport of hockey.
 
Q: What is your favorite memory as a referee?
A: Being invited to meet and skate out with NHL referees.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey parent?
A: Youth hockey is about learning the game, progressing with each level and having fun with your friends/teammates. Do whatever you can to support your kid(s) positively. Hockey led me to unbelievable places and my parents were my #1 fan and helped me get there.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey coach?
A: The example you set now sticks with your players in many aspects, make the game as positive and fun as you can while being a great role model.

Follow the Wild

A New Tradition

Leaderboard

Modern. Vintage.

Introducing the new Wild home sweater

LEARN MORE »

State of Hockey