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Youth Hockey Referee Spotlight Program

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 the Minnesota Hockey Officials Association (MHOA).

Each youth referee will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to a Minnesota Wild game, have a meet and greet with NHL Officials, skate out for the National Anthem with the NHL Officials and will be highlighted on the video board during the game, on social media and wild.com throughout the month of their nomination.

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April 2022

Q: What is your age?
A: 14

Q: Who is your favorite Minnesota Wild player?
A: Kirill Kaprizov

Q: Did you play competitive hockey? If yes, what was the highest level of hockey that you played?
A: Yes, I play Bantam B2 for Bloomington Jefferson.

Q: How many years have you been officiating?
A: This is my second year.

Q: What level(s) do you officiate most often?
A: I officiate squirts and 12 games.

Q: Why did you become a referee?
A: I wanted to get more skating time in the off-season and during the season. 

Q: What is your favorite memory as a referee?
A: Reffing two games at Mariucci Arena.
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey parent? 

A: You're there to watch the game and let the refs make the calls because they are trying their best. 
 
Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey coach? 

A: If you don't like my call, yelling at me isn't going to change my mind.

Q: What is your age?
A: 16

Q: Who is your favorite Minnesota Wild player?
A: Joel Eriksson Ek

Q: Did you play competitive hockey? If yes, what was the highest level of hockey that you played?
A: Yes, I play 19U

Q: How many years have you been officiating?
A: 2 years

Q: What level(s) do you officiate most often?
A: Squirt B1 and A

Q: Why did you become a referee?
A: My dad and grandpa were both highly successful referees.

Q: What is your favorite memory as a referee?
A: Reffing my first districts games and receiving very positive comments from supervisors on my work in them.

Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey parent?
A: It's just a game, let them have fun.

Q: What is one thing you would like to tell a youth hockey coach?
A: You can make or break a child's hockey career with your attitude as their coach, let them grow and have fun, after all they're only kids.

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