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 Intructor Training Program
Mt. Washington, KY
Western Instructor Training Program
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.
2014 CHET STEWART WINNER
HAROLD "SKIP" TRUMBLE
From Minnesota to Colorado and beyond, Harold "Skip" Trumble blazed a remarkable hockey trail.
His officiating career began in 1971 and he quickly became of of Minnesota's preeminent men in stripes. He received an early introduction to high-level officiating while working as a linesman during the 1974 World Cup Tournament held at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO and the Met Center in Bloomington, MN. The event, which was also known as the World Invitational Tournament for the Walter Brown Memorial Trophy, was a lead-up tournament to prepare teams for the IIHF World Championship. Elite representatives from Canada, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and the United States participated.
Moving to Colorado Springs in 1976, Trumble eventually served as president of the region's officiating association and also as a member of the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association board. In addition, he was an NCAA Division I official in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for 15 years.
Trumble returned to Minnesota in 1988, and continued his active involvement in officiating, serving as one the original instructors for the Minnesota Hockey Officials Association summer camp held annually in conjunction with the Minnesota Hockey Select 15 Player Camp in St. Cloud, MN. He served on the youth hockey board in Chaska, MN, for six years, including a two-year stint as president. At the same time, he was a district supervisor of officials and also a prominent part of the Minnesota Officials Association, serving as treasurer for eight years and as president for four.
Most recently, Trumble has been evaluating coordinator for southern Minnesota while also serving as an Officiating Development Program supervisor for USA Hockey.
Always willing to assist in growing the game, and alwayswilling to give of his time and experience to help young officials improve, Trumble continues to create a lasting legacy of service to hockey. And it has become a family legacy, too. Trumble and his wife, Liz, have two sons, Chris and Mike, who are USA Hockey referees. Additionally, Trumble's father was the first executive director of what became USA Hockey and an on-ice official at the 1965 IIHF World Championship in Finland and the 10th Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, France.
|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|
|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|