Welcome to the start of the 2012-2013 season. I hope everyone had a great summer and is rested and ready to go !!!
Once again our focus is on Head Contact !!
Thanks to each and every official within HNS we had a great result last year with it introduction, but like anything there is still some room to grow.
Officials must remain diligent on the calls for head contact at all levels of our game , for those working Major Midget and down please be reminded that a cross-check to the head is a Major and Game Misconduct DO NOT substitute the 4 min for intentional head contact. You MUST apply the correct rule in this situation.
In order to support the many minor hockey associations and their officials we have appointed a second Referee-in-Chief of Minor. Please welcome Mike Greek to his new position as RIC-Minor for the South Conference which consists of the Halifax , Dartmouth , Nova and Western Regions and all associations within. Lloyd will be responsible for the North Conference consisting of the Fundy , Highland , Cape Breton and Strait Regions and all associations within. These 2 gentlemen have a wealth of knowledge within the officiating program and are ready and willing to help. It is our plan to have them visit all association a couple of times a year to assist you in officiating development and growth.
Recent officiating assignments and promotions
Each year we are fortunate to have several officials selected to work high level events. Please join me in congratulating each of them on their success.
Matt MacPherson , after a very successful season working part time in the AHL and part time in the NHL Matt has been rewarded with a full time NHL contract as a linesman beginning this year.
Jon McIsaac , after a few years in the ECHL , Central League and AHL Jon has been rewarded with an NHL minor league contract making him a fulltime AHL referee for the coming season
Dave Ivey , Sydney , recently hired by the Quebec League as a Linesman
2012 OPOE , the following officials were selected by Hockey Canada to attend this years Eastern Canadian Officiating Program of Excellence.
Liam Wadden - Referee
Dave Ivey - Referee
Josh Parker - Linesman
Nick Souder - Linesman
Max Clarke - Linesman
Devin Picott , one of our newest Level VI officials was selected to work the Royal Bank Cup (worked championship game) and was selected to work the recent Canada Russia Junior Challenge
Jon Langille was selected to work the Memorial Cup , Jon is the first Referee from HNS to be selected for this event.
Todd Thomander was selected of work the World JrA Challange
Jon Langille , Brett Boyce and Andy Fleck were selected to work the CIS Nationals (Jon worked the championship game)
Devin Piccott and Steve Starzomski received their Level VI
The following female officials were selected to work the Esso Women's National Championships.
Brittany O'Neill - Referee ( worked championship game)
Rebecca Malais - Linesman (worked championship game)
Molly Simon - Linesman
Katie Monahan - Linesman
Who's name will be added to the list for next year , we have a lot of great officials in HNS and this proves our program is growing. Lets keep up the good work and have a safe and fun season
Hockey Nova Scotia