The 2013 -2014 Officiating Season is well underway and overall, it has been a great start to the season. Our clinics have been going very well, officials in new roles have performed great and our new online registration program with online payment has been a big help to overall administration.
To put the ‘icing’ on the cake so to speak, officials within Hockey Nova Scotia have earned some pretty significant assignments and achievements.
Devin Piccott has been assigned as referee at the 2014 World Junior Championships (U20) in Malmo, Sweden from Dec. 26 to Jan 5. This is the premier junior hockey event in the world and we are all proud and excited for Devin.
Peter Sheppard has been assigned as linesman to the 2013 World Universiade Games taking place in Trentino, Italy from Dec. 11 to 21
Stephen Starzomski has been assigned as referee along with Josh DeYoung, Peter Sheppard, Stephen Clarke and Ben Dupuis as linesmen to the 2013 World Jr. A Challenge in Yarmouth.
Emilee Bendell has been assigned as a linesperson to the Women’s Under 18 Championships in Calgary from Nov. 5 to 10.
Jon McIsaac, a graduate of our program has been working in the AHL for the past 3 years (the last 2 as a full time official) has just been assigned his first NHL game. Jon will be working in Philly on Nov. 21 as the Flyers take on the Buffalo Sabres.
A little closer to home, we have had great representation at this year’s Atlantic Challenge Cup with the following officials. As you will see from their final assignments, Hockey Nova Scotia had a strong showing at the event, working the majority of Gold Medal games.
Drake Robinson – Referee – Gold U15 Male
Congratulations to all of them for a job well done.
Congratulations to Todd Thomander. Todd recently celebrated his 500th game in the QMJHL. Todd was one of the first referees from Hockey Nova Scotia hired in the league and will soon celebrate his 20th season with the “Q.”
Todd has been a tremendous role model and mentor to many officials within HNS and is well respected by all of the leagues in which he currently officiates. We wish him all the best as he continues to represent Hockey Nova Scotia Officiating at the highest level for many more years.
Congratulations to all officials and all the best for the season!