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.
2017 CHET STEWART WINNER
Having dedicated countless hours of service to USA Hockey’s Officiating Program, Gordy Lingel has been a cornerstone of officiating development, specifically in the Rocky Mountain District and Billings, Montana.
Since starting his officiating career in 1977, Lingel has maintained his USA Hockey Officiating Program Certification continuously for 40 seasons and is currently still working games at 81 years young in Billings.
Lingel served as the Montana referee-in-chief from 1978-2006, supporting the growth and development of youth hockey and officiating through organizing local officiating programs and working games as often as needed. His time included tens of thousands of miles to teach, motivate and mentor young officials in growing programs across both the state and district.
His mentees attest that Lingel was a master at teaching crucial fundamentals such as verbal communication, positioning, practicing signals and most notably, appearance both on and off the ice. He preached that being an official meant holding yourself to a higher standard of personal pride, dedication and honor in representing USA Hockey ideals in the officiating program.
Numerous officials under Lingel’s tutelage have gone on to work at higher levels, including Bryan Pancich, who has been an NHL official since the 2009-10 season.
The Billings, Montana, native also still umpires fast pitch softball in the summer at the 12U-18U levels, in addition to officiating ice hockey in the winter.
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
Mount Holly, NJ
Western Instructor Training Program
|2016||Western: Josh Burkart - Eastern: Michael Hickey|
|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|
|2016||Pat Bush||Raleigh, NC|
|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|