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.
2019 CHET STEWART WINNER
Apple Valley, MN
David Kemp officiated his first USA Hockey game back in 1980, working in three separate Minnesota Districts at the outset of a career that today spans nearly 40 years. His on-ice career has included working all levels of Minnesota youth hockey and also officiating both girls high school hockey and collegiately at the NCAA Division III level.
On the administrative side of the game, Kemp was elected president of Minnesota’s District Six Referees Association in 1992 and served in that capacity for five seasons. He continued on the District Six board as past president until 1999 when he was appointed to the role of supervisor, a position he still holds today.
As supervisor, Kemp wears many different hats in District Six. He attends monthly meetings with district representatives, while maintaining and updating the district handbook, bylaws and playing rules. While the season is in session, Kemp serves as a member of the disciplinary committee, which gathers every other week during the season and conducts educational meetings for teams and associations to help them better understand the USA Hockey playing rules.
A seminar instructor in the USA Hockey officiating education program since 2003, the Minnesota native has served as camp director for two western regional camps, one select camp and one advanced camp from 2003-07.
Having played a significant role over many years in the USA Hockey officiating community, Kemp’s passion about the future of the game is evident, including serving on a committee focused on recruiting and retaining youth hockey officials.
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 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.
2019-20 Ben Allison Winner
Michael Miggans - Hurst, TX
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, Former Atlantic District Referee-in-Chief
Eastern Instructor Training Program
Holly Ridge, NC
Western Instructor Training Program
Colorado Springs, CO
As a token of recognition and gratitude for dedicated years of service*, the USA Hockey Officiating Program awards special gifts starting after ten years of service:
10 YEARS - Lapel Pin
15 YEARS - Money Clip
20 YEARS - Pen & Pencil Set
25 YEARS - Special Spiral-Bound 25-Year Rulebook**
*Awards are based on consecutive years of service, beginning with the first season registration was tracked at the USA Hockey National Office.
**A new 25-Year Rulebook will be awarded each Rule Change Season as long as the official continues registration.
|2018||Western: Jenna Janshen - Eastern: Zach Hughes|
|2017||Western: Stephanie Simon - Eastern: Chelsea Ward|
|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|
2018-19 Bobby Esposito Bridgewater, NJ
2017-18 Riley Yerkovich Rock Springs, WY
2016-17 Sean MacFarlane Otis Orchards, WA
2015-16 Shane Gustafson Lake of the Hills, IL
|2019||Dave Kemp||Apple Valley, MN|
|2018||Dick Haney||Duluth, MN|
|2017||Gordie Lingel||Billings, MT|
|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|