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.
While living in Albany, New York, officiating hockey was big in John Helsdon’s life.
But when he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1979, the western part of the state didn’t have organized youth hockey.
Helsdon, in his early 30s at the time, would play pond hockey with fellow workers from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The guys put up boards at an outdoor rink in town and skated.
“I started talking to this fella who became a good friend over the years,” Helsdon said. “He’d gone to Cornell University in New York and he was a goalie, but he started officiating when he was at Cornell. We got to talking and I said, ‘Yeah, I used to referee back in New York.’ And he said, ‘Do you want to do a game?’ I said, ‘Sure. Why not?’”
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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.
2020-21 BEN ALLISON WINNER
Kendall Hanley - Minneapolis, MN
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**
30 YEARS - Equipment Bag Tag
*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|
2019-20 Michael Miggans Hurst, TX
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|