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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, December through March, as part of the Youth Hockey Referee Spotlight Program. Honorees will be selected by the Minnesota Hockey Officials Association (MHOA). 

Each referee will receive a virtual meet and greet with NHL referees, an autographed photo of a Minnesota Wild player, and be highlighted on social media and the webpage throughout the month of their nomination.

December 2020 | Colin Bos & Norah Wendling
Name: Colin Bos
Hometown: Willmar, MN

Q: What is your age?
A: 16

Q: Who is your favorite Minnesota Wild player?
A: Kevin Fiala
 
Q: Did you play competitive hockey? If yes, what was the highest level of hockey that you played?
A: Yes, I play high school hockey.
 
Q: How many years have you been officiating?
A: 4 years
 
Q: What level(s) do you officiate most often?
A: Squirt and PeeWee.
 
Q: Why did you become a referee?
A: It seemed like a fun way to make money and be part of hockey in a different way.
 
Q: What is your favorite memory as a referee?
A: Well reffing both me and my partner got taken out at the same time.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey parent? 
A: Not every time your child falls it's a penalty.

Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey coach? 
A: Yelling at calls you disagree with isn't going to change the outcome.

Name: Norah Wendling
Hometown: Hutchinson, MN

Q: What is your age?
A: 13
 
Q: Did you play competitive hockey? If yes, what was the highest level of hockey that you played?
A: Yes, high school.
 
Q: How many years have you been officiating?
A: 3 years
 
Q: What level(s) do you officiate most often?
A: 10U and Squirts
 
Q: Why did you become a referee?
A: I love hockey and it was another way to get involved in the game.
 
Q: What is your favorite memory as a referee?
A: Reffing with my dad.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey parent?
A: To have fun and enjoy watching your kid.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey coach?
A: Refs are all trying their best.

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