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Officiating Program Awards


The Chet Stewart Award

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.



Impacting amateur hockey in Michigan for more than 40 years, Gerald Moran’s presence has been especially significant within the officiating community. Moran first became involved with the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program as a registered official in 1983. He was also the Michigan Officiating Program seminar coordinator for six years. Moran still today helps share his wisdom as an instructor at all levels of USA Hockey’s officiating seminars. Aside from on-ice officiating and instructing, the Detroit native served 11 years as an off-ice official for the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings. Following retirement from the auto industry, Moran has spent the last nine years as the officiating database coordinator for both USA Hockey and the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. Prior to officiating, Moran coached for 10 years at the Mite, Squirt, Peewee and Bantam levels. He also spent five years with the Southfield Hockey Club, serving separate terms as director, vice president and president and held various positions within MAHA, including council member, district registrar, district director and director at large. Moran’s interest in hockey began in high school where he played three seasons of varsity hockey at Detroit Catholic Central High School. During his senior year, his team won the first-ever state high school hockey championship conducted in Michigan.

The Milt Kaufman Award

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, Atlantic District Referee-in-Chief, describing Mr. Kaufman.


Eastern Intructor Training Program
Michael Hickey
Stowe, VT

Western Instructor Training Program
Joshua Burkart
Saratoga Springs, UT

Previous Milt Kaufman Award Winners

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

Previous Chet Stewart Award Winners

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