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NHL Officials Mentor Youngsters During 'Hockey Week'

By USA Hockey, 02/22/17, 9:30AM MST

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Program gives young officials face-to-face time with professional officials

As part of the 10th annual Hockey Weekend Across America, which has morphed into Hockey Week Across America, we are bringing you a series of features surrounding the celebration of players, coaches, officials, rinks and the many volunteers who make our sport great. 

The USA Hockey Officiating Program will collaborate with several American-based National Hockey League clubs to host our annual "Meet the NHL Officials" program as a part of the Hockey Week Across America celebration.

This year, young grassroots officials were nominated and selected to attend an NHL game and meet the officials in their dressing room before the puck is dropped. During the meeting, these developing officials will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn what it takes to work the highest levels of our game, and the NHL Officials will have a brief reminder of the grassroots hockey community from where they came from.


Young officials meet professionals in their dressing room before the puck is dropped.

Participating NHL Teams

Participating Team Officials
Arizona Coyotes D. Cherwinski, Z. Merchant
Carolina Hurricanes J. Luce, J. Hoffmeier
Chicago Blackhawks T. Pruszewski, L. Drolet
Columbus Blue Jackets E. Galauner, R. Welsh
Dallas Stars S. Kellogg Clarke, I. Poynter
Florida Panthers Z. Parker, A. Woodall
Los Angeles Kings R. Horoutiounian, N. Haroutiounian
Nashville Predators E. Roth, R. Seibert
New Jersey Devils A. Bell, N. Rapallo
New York Rangers N. Clateman, T. Jacobsen
Pittsburgh Penguins B. Julian, G. Julian, N. Ondrejko, S. Ondrejko
Washington Capitals Z. Turner, B. Dardzinski

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Be part of the social conversation regarding USA Hockey's Hockey Week Across America initiative by using #HWAA throughout the week.

HWAA Daily Themes

Date Theme
Sunday, Feb. 19 NBC's Hockey Day in America
Monday, Feb. 20 Salute to Players
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Salute to Coaches
Wednesday, Feb. 22 Salute to Officials
Thursday, Feb. 23 Salute to Local Rinks
Friday, Feb. 24 Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day
Saturday, Feb. 25 Try Hockey Day
Sunday, Feb. 26 Celebrate Hockey Heroes


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