In June of 2000, USA Hockey established an award to recognize the achievement of a grassroots officiating volunteer. The Officiating Education Program presents the award each year at the President’s Awards banquet during the USA Hockey Annual Congress. The Chet Stewart Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the officiating education program during many years of service as an official and volunteer. The recipient will have been a grassroots leader in officiating education and development and provided dedicated service throughout his/her career to both the officiating and hockey community.
2016 CHET STEWART WINNER
A tireless promoter of USA Hockey’s Officiating Program, Pat Bush has been instrumental in the growth of grassroots officiating development, particularly in North Carolina and the Southeastern District.
When Bush started his service with USA Hockey in 1990, there were only a handful of officials in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he quickly became involved in strengthening the base of local officials.
He was a catalyst in forming the local officials association in Raleigh, providing a vehicle for growth and development. He served as president of the organization for many years, and still maintains a strong presence within the association.
The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, native started attending instructors’ camps in 1996, but was involved in the seminar process long before that. When the idea to hold a district officiating seminar in Raleigh came up, there were concerns about whether the North Carolina market could fill an entire weekend seminar. Bush worked to ensure the seminar was filled, handled logistical elements of the event, and even personally drove around to pick up younger officials so they could attend.
Bush continues to work with young officials to ensure they have proper instruction and evaluation as well as opportunities for continued growth. He has set up a mentoring program, and also started a mini seminar series about officiating education. The presentations, which last from one to three hours, take place throughout the season and exemplify Bush’s dedication to mentoring young officials in the North Carolina community.
He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Raleigh. The couple has one daughter, Kimberly.
In 2016, the Ben Allison Award was created to recognize deserving officials in the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program. The award is voted on by 150 members of the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and is given to the official that best represents the characteristics that made Ben a special person and official, including always giving 100 percent on the ice, regardless of the level of the game, and representing USA Hockey in the finest manner. The award will be presented on an annual basis. Allison was a level three USA Hockey certified official, who was tragically killed in January 2015 at the age of 20. A native of Royal Oak, Michigan and a student at Illinois State University, he had been officiating for eight years and was a part of the Officiating Development Program for three years at various levels, including the NAHL.
2015-16 BEN ALLISON WINNER
Lake in the Hills, IL
The Milt Kaufman Award is presented at both the Eastern and Western Instructor Training Camps to the individual that most exemplifies the qualities that made Milt Kaufman such a special part of the USA Hockey Officiating Program.
"Milt was the Massachusetts District Referee-in-Chief . He was one of the people who put together the original Instructor Training program for the USA Hockey Officiating Program in the mid-‘80s. He also served as the original Eastern Instructor Training Camp Director until his untimely passing in 1994."- Tony Mariconda, Atlantic District Referee-in-Chief, describing Mr. Kaufman.
Eastern Instructor Training Program
Western Instructor Training Program
Saratoga Springs, UT
|2015||Western: Mason Strom - Eastern: Brie Zdunkiewicz|
|2014||Western: Mackenzie Nelson - Eastern: Rob Lagler|
|2013||Western: Richard Ozaki - Eastern: Francis Bastone|
|2012||Western: Robin Baker - Eastern: Kevin Vena|
|2011||Western: Dominic Clements - Eastern: Lee Giobbie|
|2010||Western: Keisha Dunlevy - Eastern: Jeff Ning|
|2009||Western: Ryan Ourada - Eastern: Robert Navickas|
|2008||Western: Brett Lapham - Eastern: Keith Grooms|
|2007||Western: Douglas Durgin - Eastern: Gui Bradshaw|
|2006||Western: Hardy Woodward - Eastern: Nicholas Tochelli|
|2005||Western: Gary Anderson - Eastern: Bill Dickerson|
|2004||Western: Joe Manthei - Eastern: Michael Frank|
|2003||Western: Wendy Seronko - Eastern: Carol Mullins|
|2002||Western: Michael Patterson - Eastern: Mike McDevitt|
|2001||Western: Andy Hudson - Eastern: Mike Timoney|
|2000||Western: Matt Spivey - Eastern: Michael Campbell|
|1999||Western: Rob McKane - Eastern: George Flynn|
|1998||Western: Dan Hendrickson - Eastern: Rob Coggin|
|1997||Western: Brian Johnson|
|1996||Western: Paul Sollberger - Eastern: Derek Zuckerman|
|2015||Gerald Moran||Detroit, MI|
|2014||Harold "Skip" Trumble||Chaska, MN|
|2013||Kevin Upton||Silver Spring, MD|
|2012||Bruce "Buzz" Olson||E. Grand Forks, MN|
|2011||Robert Keltie Sr.||Boca Raton, FL|
|2010||Lyman Dimond||Fort Mill, SC|
|2009||John Robinson||Towson, MD|
|2008||Robert Klein||Roswell, GA|
|2007||George Benson||Anchorage, AK|
|2006||William Leslie||White Bear Lake, MN|
|2005||Mike Martin||Kalamazoo, MI|
|2004||Bill Reynolds||Newington, CT|
|2003||K. Roy Chin||Fort Wayne, IN|
|2002||John DePuydt||Houghton, MI|
|2001||Robert Lilla||Northbrook, IL|
|2000||Ken Sheeran||Roanoke, VA|