COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-two American officials are serving as referees or linesmen for major International Ice Hockey Federation events in 2015-16, USA Hockey announced today.
“We look forward to having this select group of officials represent USA Hockey on the international stage,” said Matt Leaf, director of USA Hockey’s officiating education program. “They’ve all worked extremely hard to get to the highest level and have earned this opportunity.”
American officials will take part in 12 IIHF events this season, including the the IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario, the IIHF Women's World Championship in Kamloops, British, Columbia, and the IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Assignments for the 2016 IIHF Men's World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersberg, Russia will be determined in late February.
Officials assigned to the IIHF events this year include Chris Pitoscia (Edison, N.J.) and Brian Oliver (Rochester, N.Y.), who served at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Junior Championship; Katie Guay (Dedham, Mass.) and Jamie Huntley (La Jolla, Calif.), who served at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship; and Jerilyn Glenn (St. Paul, Minn.) and Jessica LeClerc (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) who officiated at the 2015 Under-18 Women’s World Championship. Nine officials will be making their first appearances at IIHF events.
|Andrew Wilk||Santa Rosa Valley, CA||World U20, Division IA||Vienna, Austrai||Dec 13-19|
|Chris Pitoscia||Edison, NJ||World U20||Helsinki, Finland||Dec 26-Jan 5|
|Brian Oliver||Rochester, NY||World U20||Helsinki, Finland||Dec 26-Jan 5|
|Melissa Szkola||Chestefield, MI||World Women’s U18||St. Catharines, CAN||Jan 8-15|
|Jessica LeClerc||Old Orchard Beach, ME||World Women’s U18||St. Catharines, CAN||Jan 8-15|
|Ryan Madsen||Loveland, OH||Continental Cup Finals||Rouen, France||Jan 8-10, 2016|
|Mackenzie Williams||Rome, NY||WW18 Div. I||Miskolc, Hungary||Jan 10-16|
|Jeremy Tufts||Brentwood, NH||World U20, Division III||Mexico City, Mexico||Jan 15-24, 2016|
|James Scarpace||West Bloomfield, MI||World U20, Division III||Mexico City, Mexico||Jan 15-24, 2016|
|Stephen Reneau||Sugar Creek, MO||WOG Qualification, Round 2||Sapporo, Japan||Feb 11-14, 2016|
|Dana Penkivech||Apple Valley, MN||WOG Qualification, Round 2||Sapporo, Japan||Feb 11-14, 2016|
|Samantha Hiller||Boulder, CO||Women’s Youth Olympic Games||Lillehammer, Norway||Feb 12-21, 2016|
|Katie Guay||Dedham, MA||World Women’s Division IA||Aalborg, Denmark||Mar 25-Apr 1, 2016|
|Jamie Fenstermacher||Hibbing, MN||World Women’s Division IA||Aalborg, Denmark||Mar 25-Apr 1, 2016|
|Jerilyn Glenn||St. Paul, MN||World Women’s||Kamloops, Canada||Mar 20-Apr 4, 2016|
|Jamie Huntley||La Jolla, CA||World Women’s||Kamloops, Canada||Mar 20-Apr 4, 2016|
|Michaela Frattarelli||Bristol, RI||World Women’s||Kamloops, Canada||Mar 20-Apr 4, 2016|
|Dina Allen||North Tonawanda, NY||World Women's Div. II Group A||Bled, Slovenia||Apr 2-8|
|Jodi Price||Rochester, NY||World Women's Div. I Group B||Asiago, Italy||Apr 4-10|
|Ryan Daisy||Mansfield, MA||World U18 Division IA||Minsk, Belarus||Apr 9-15, 2016|
|Stephen Thomson||Canandaigua, NY||World Men Division IIB||Mexico City, Mexico||Apr 9-15, 2016|
|William Hancock II||Huntington Woods, MI||World Men Division IIB||Mexico City, Mexico||Apr 9-15, 2016|
|Brett Sheva||Horsham, PA||World U18||Grand Forks, ND||Apr 14-24, 2016|
|Cameron Voss||Worcester, MA||World U18||Grand Forks, ND||Apr 14-24, 2016|
|Jake Davis||Wyandotte, MI||World U18||Grand Forks, ND||Apr 14-24, 2016|
|Stephen Reneau||Sugar Creek, MO||World Men's Div. I Group A||Katowice, Poland||April 23-29|
|Timothy Mayer||Okemos, MI||World Men's||Moscow/St. Petersberg, Russia||May 6-22|
|Fraser McIntyre||Amherst, NY||World Men's||Moscow/St. Petersberg, Russia||May 6-22|
|Judson Ritter||Bethlehem, PA||World Men's||Moscow/St. Petersberg, Russia||May 6-22|
QUESTION: Where do i find the rule for period length for 8U, 10U, 12U, etc? Can 10U play 12-minute periods instead of 15? Is it up to the local jurisdiction to set the period length?
ANSWER: Period (and game) length is at the discretion of Youth Hockey Associations and local USA Hockey Affiliate Bodies. Therefore, we recommend contacting them with this question.
QUESTION: What level is an official if they fail the Level 3 Closed Book Exam? If you miss 11 questions, is that official a Level 1 or Level 2 official?
ANSWER: A Level 3 Official applicant that fails the Level 3 Closed Book Exam is immediately eligible for Level 2 if they achieve an 85/100 on the Open Book Exam.
QUESTION: What is the protocol and process for an official to submit and incident report where a coach received a game misconduct or a match penalty?
ANSWER: All game reports should be submitted using the USA Hockey Online Game Report System.
QUESTION: A "50/50 Puck" is located along the boards and one skater is faster than another. The slower skater, knowing he cannot get to the puck first, hits the other player on their way to the puck. I have seen this happen during practices and coaches have made no correction to players. Is this permitted at the 10U Level where body-checking is not allowed?
ANSWER: Body-checking at the 10 & Under Level is not permitted in the USA Hockey Playing Rules. Furthermore, a player who makes deliberate and intentional contact with an opponent who is not in possession of the puck should be penalized for Interference.
QUESTION: Can a Misconduct be assessed to a coach after the game and what rule is it covered under?
ANSWER: There are no rules in the USA Hockey Playing Rules that allow a Misconduct penalty to be assessed to a coach.
However, a coach can be assessed a Game Misconduct before, during, or after a game. Most of those penalties can be found under Rule 601 (Abuse of Officials & Other Misconduct).