Director, Officiating Education Program
Phone: (719) 538-1186
Matt Leaf joined USA Hockey’s national office in December 1994 as manager of the officiating education program. He was then promoted in June 1997 to his current position as director of the officiating education program.
Leaf oversees the day-to-day operations of the officiating education program and also works closely with the volunteer district referees-in-chief in the development and implementation of the officiating education programs. He also works with the International Ice Hockey Federation on global issues pertaining to officiating.
In 2008, Leaf was appointed as one of five members on the IIHF Officiating Committee and was among the IIHF Referee Supervisors for the women’s tournament at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006 (Torino), 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi), and the men's tournament in 2018 (Pyeongchang).
Before joining USA Hockey full-time, he served as the director of USA Hockey’s Central District Evaluation Program for referees and linesmen and was a part of the Central District Instructional Staff.
Prior to USA Hockey, Leaf served as a sales representative at T.C. Products Company, Inc., in Madison, Wis., for seven years.
A 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Leaf has over 40 years of officiating experience to his credit, including stints in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the United States Hockey League.