CALGARY, Alta. –
The IIHF has announced the officials assigned to the 2017 IIHF World
Championship, and included are three Canadian officials. Olivier Gouin
(Terrebonne, Que.) and Brett Iverson (Richmond, B.C.) were selected as
referees, while Nathan Vanoosten (Surrey, B.C.) was selected as one of 16
Officials working international competitions were announced by the IIHF in
October with a longlist of 75 names (six Canadians) in contention for
assignment to the 2017 IIHF World Championship hosted in Paris, France, and
Cologne, Germany May 5-21.
Although Gouin and Vanoosten are making their debut at the World
Championship, they are no strangers to international competition. Gouin
officiated at this year’s IIHF U20 Division 1 Group A Championship and
Vanoosten was in Montreal and Toronto for the 2017 IIHF World Junior
Championship. Iverson is returning to the tournament, having been a referee
in Russia at last year’s worlds.
“Having three officials selected to be a part of the World Championship and
six shortlisted in total reflects not only each individual’s commitment to
the game, but also the strength of Hockey Canada’s officiating program,”
said Todd Anderson, senior manager of officiating at Hockey Canada. “These
assignments are important to young officials who are looking at where their
career can take them, and they’re a reminder that you can reach elite
levels in hockey outside of playing the game.”
Ensuring that play is kept safe and fair for all sides, officials play a
key role in the game. The Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) gives
anyone that is interested an opportunity to officiate the sport of hockey.
HCOP offers six levels of officiating that provides basic to extensive
training for those interested in officiating.
For more information on the Hockey Canada Officiating Program and all of
Hockey Canada’s development programs, visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow
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