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Hockey Week Across America


February 16 - 23, 2020, marks USA Hockey's "Hockey Week Across America" celebration. As a part of this celebration, the USA Hockey Officiating Program will collaborate with the American-based National Hockey League clubs to host our "Meet the NHL Officials" program.

This year, young grassroots officials will be selected to attend an NHL game and meet the officials in their dressing room before the puck is dropped. During the meeting, these developing officials will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn what it takes to work the highest levels of our game, and the NHL officials will have a brief reminder of the grassroots hockey community from where they came from.

Nominations for the 2020 HWAA "Meet the NHL Officials" Program have closed. Please check back next season for your next opportunity.



"For the boys to have a chance to meet the NHL officials and ask questions was great. It's nice to hear that they started the same way as Jack and Hunter did, and through love and passion for the game, its become a career."  - HWAA Official's Parent


Arizona Coyotes

Chaz Castillo-Wilson - Gilbert, AZ
Mason Knaffla - Phoenix, AZ

Chicago Blackhawks

Noah Walleck - Milford, IA
Tyler Kraemer - Roselle, IL

Dallas Stars

Kimberly Miller - Little Elm, TX
Adam Brice - McKinney, TX

Minnesota Wild

Theo Trast - Grand Rapids, MN
Eva Laituri - Bemidji, MN

New York Rangers

Vincent DiPalo - Staten Island, NY
Marat Nabiullin - Staten Island, NY

St. Louis Blues

Landon Butcher - Ballwin, MO
Chris Givens - St. Louis, MO

Boston Bruins

Dean Simpson - Oakland, ME
Jack Hudson - Hopkinton, MA

Colorado Avalanche

Madeline Ruddy - Denver, CO
Patrick McCleish - Colorado Springs, CO

Detroit Red Wings

Ben Gawlik - Holland, MI
Hunter Pickard - Lenox, MI

New Jersey Devils

Jared Cohen - Wayne, NJ
Josh Anderson - Lyndhurst, NJ

Philadelphia Flyers

Michael Egan - Sewell, NJ
Alex Glushek - Warrington, PA

Vegas Golden Knights

Chase McCrossan - Las Vegas, NV
Seth Knudson - Las Vegas, NV

Nashville Predators

Matthew Pontello - Oak Ridge, TN

Buffalo Sabres

Cameron Goebert - Rochester, NY
Andrew Mallone - Lockport, NY

Columbus Blue Jackets

Max Hauboldt - Springboro, OH
Cody Turvey - North Olmsted, OH

Florida Panthers

Noah Collazo - Safety Harbor, FL
Ethan Hoover - Cape Coral, FL

New York Islanders

Russell Rubinson - Massapequa, NY
Robert Peterkin - Bellmore, NY

Pittsburgh Penguins

Calista Mezzapelle - Fairmont, WV
Brandon Negri - Pittsburgh, PA

Washington Capitals

Riley McGraw - Arlington, VA
Matthew Quarry - Haymarket, VA

2019 USA v. Canada Women's National Team Rivalry Series

On February 17, Team USA faces off against Team Canada at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI for Game 3 in the "best-of-three" 2019 Women's National Team Rivalry Series competition.

During this event, USA Hockey hosted an additional "Meet the IIHF Officials" event with the all-female officiating crew. The honored guests were,

  • Genevieve McPherson - Rochester Hills, MI
  • Maria Mastronardi - Macomb, MI

The USA Hockey Officiating Program thanks the NHL Clubs, the National Hockey League, and the National Hockey League Officials Association for their support of this program, and wishes them all a happy Hockey Weekend Across America!

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