COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Twenty-nine American officials have been selected to serve as referees or linesmen for major International Ice Hockey Federation events in 2013-14, USA Hockey announced today.
"We have a tremendous group of officials that has been selected to represent USA Hockey on the international stage," said Matt Leaf, director of USA Hockey's officiating education program. "They've all worked hard to earn the right to officiate at the highest level of the sport."
American officials will take part in 16 IIHF events in 2014, including the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, the IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland, and the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
Assignments for the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, will be determined in late February.
Officials assigned to the IIHF events this year include Kate Connolly (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Laura Johnson (Rochester, N.Y.), who both officiated at the 2013 Women's World Championship; and Timothy Mayer (Okemos, Mich.) and Fraser McIntyre (Amherst, N.Y.), who both served at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship.
A full list of America officials and their respective events is below.
2013 European Women's Club Competition Semifinals
Bad Tolz, Germany
|Ceci Morris||Hoffman Estates, Ill.||Referee|
2013 Winter World University Games
|Jackie Spresser||Westminster, Colo.||Linesman|
|Melissa Szkola||Chesterfield, Mich.||Referee|
2013 IIHF World Junior Championship Division I, Group A
|Chris Pitoscia||Edison, N.J.||Referee|
2013 IIHF World Junior Championship Division I, Group B
Dumfries, United Kingdom
|Brett Sheva||Horsham, Pa.||Referee|
2013 Spengler Cup
|Steve Patafie||Bethlehem, Ga.||Referee|
2014 IIHF World Junior Championship
|Timothy Mayer||Okemos, Mich.||Referee|
|Fraser McIntyre||Amherst, N.Y.||Linesman|
2014 Olympic Winter Games
|Erin Blair||Hoffman Estates, Ill.||Referee|
|Thomas George||Monrovia, Md.||Linesman|
|Alicia Hanrahan||South St. Paul, Minn.||Linesman|
|Laura Johnson||Rochester, N.Y.||Linesman|
|Andy McElman||Algonquin, Ill.||Linesman|
|Ian Walsh||Portland, Ore.||Referee|
|Christopher Woodworth||Rochester, N.Y.||Linesman|
2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Division III
|Brian Oliver||Rochester, N.Y.||Linesman|
2014 European Women's Club Competition Finals
|Dina Allen||Wheatfield, N.Y.||Referee|
2014 Women's World Championship Division II, Group B Qualification
Mexico City, Mexico
|Jamie Fenstermacher||Hibbing, Minn.||Linesman|
|Jamie Huntley||LaJolla, Calif.||Referee|
|Jill Salvo||Long Beach, Calif||Linesman|
2014 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship
|Kate Connolly||Philadelphia, Pa.||Linesman|
|Katie Guay||Dedham, Mass.||Referee|
2014 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship Division I
|Kristine Morrison||Richfield, Minn.||Referee|
2014 IIHF Women's World Championship Division I, Group A
Preov, Czech Republic
|Jerilyn Glenn||St. Paul, Minn.||Referee|
2014 IIHF Women's World Championship Division II, Group A
|Michaela Frattarelli||Bristol, R.I.||Linesman|
2014 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship
Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland
|Geoff Miller||West Newbury, Mass.||Referee|
|Dana Penkivech||Apple Valley, Minn.||Linesman|
2014 Men's World Championship Division I, Group A
|Christopher Ciamaga||East Aurora, N.Y.||Referee|
|Judson Ritter||Bethlehem, Pa.||Linesman|
QUESTION: If you have a player with a suspension, and you tell the referee to record it on the scoresheet before a game because the player is sitting out, but the referee comes over before the game a tells you he talked to the league and said he can play what should you do?
ANSWER: All suspensions and other forms of discipline are managed by the local USAH Affiliate of the team, and referees cannot determine player eligibility. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Team Coach to make sure players serve their suspensions. Therefore, it would be wise to receive any disciplinary notice from the local Affiliate first-hand.
QUESTION: A player is in the penalty box serving a minor penalty. Play continues 5 v. 4 while the player complains about the call. Play is stopped when the referee assesses the penalized player a second minor penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Should two minutes be added to the time remaining on the scoreboard for the player's first penalty, or should a second penalty be placed on the scoreboard with play then continuing "5 v. 3"?
ANSWER: In this situation, the same player earned both penalties. Therefore, two minutes must be added to the remaining time on the player’s first penalty and play resumes 5 v. 4.
QUESTION: Attacking team in the attacking zone gets a delayed penalty for High-Sticking. The defensive team clears the puck out of the zone and the penalized team's goalie plays the puck. I would like to know where the ensuing face-off should take place.
ANSWER: Since play stopped due to the offending team’s goalkeeper securing possession and control of the puck, the face-off would be located at the nearest face-off spot (in the same zone) as where the goalkeeper played the puck.
QUESTION: If a goalie kicks the net off, can a goal still be scored? Situation is a goal mouth pass came from left to right, goalie slid across, knocking the net off, and a pass was then sent back across to the for an open net goal. Ref called it a "goal" and then realized the net was off and called it "no goal".
ANSWER: Rule 610.e in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:
“Play shall be stopped immediately when the goal frame has been displaced from its normal position.”
Therefore, if the officials are 100% certain that the goal frame was displaced before the puck entered the goal, they must disallow the goal.
QUESTION: If a player of the opposing team swears at a coach, what is the punishment for that player?
ANSWER: Rule 601.c in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:
“A misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who commits the following actions:
Persists in any conduct where they were previously assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Using obscene, profane or abusive language to any person anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game.
Intentionally knocking or shooting the puck out of the reach of an official who is retrieving it during a stoppage of play.
Not proceeding directly and immediately to the penalty bench or to the dressing room, after being penalized and ordered to do so by the officials (equipment shall be delivered to him by a teammate, if necessary).
Entering or remaining in the Referee’s Crease, unless invited to do so.
Interfering in any non-physical manner with any Game Official including the Referee, Linesman, Timekeepers or Goal Judges in the performance of their duties.”
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