CALGARY, Alta. – Moncton is hosting Hockey Canada’s top-level officiating seminar this week, with attending delegates coming from across the country and around the world.
Twenty-one officials from across Canada and four international delegates are on Day 2 of the Hockey Canada Level VI Officiating Seminar, which runs through Nov. 8. The seminar prepares top officials in Canada for national championship assignments and designated IIHF competitions.
"Canada has always been a top provider of quality-level officials," said Lance Roberts, referee-in-chief with Hockey Canada. "This begins with the Hockey Canada Officiating Program, an instruction program that is the envy of other hockey nations around the world."
Level VI seminars are held based on a national need for Level VI officials. The last Hockey Canada Level VI Officiating Seminar was held in Terrebonne, Que., in 2013. Hockey Canada’s senior manager of officiating is responsible for the organization of the site and program, establishing criteria and reviewing the candidates’ qualifications.
Candidates have been nominated by Hockey Canada’s 13 branches and are already fully-certified Level V officials. An established selection committee reviewed all the candidates and selected those in attendance in Moncton.
The instruction will be handled by, among others, Hockey Canada referee-in-chief Lance Roberts, Hockey Canada senior manager of officiating, Todd Anderson, and Hockey Canada Referee Committee members Doug Hayward and Kevin Muench. Guest instructors are also presenting at the seminar.
Hockey Canada’s Female Level V Seminar is being conducted in conjunction with this year’s Level VI Officiating Seminar, and boasts two Canadian officials and one international delegate.
Delegates for this seminar are:
Jeff Affleck (Stratford, P.E.I.)
Reid Anderson (Calgary, Alta.)
Bettina Angerer (Austria) – female seminar
Nigel Black (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
Adam Bloski (Saskatoon, Sask.)
T.J. Courtney (Halifax, N.S.)
Alessandro DiPietro (Switzerland)
Alexandre Garon (Blainville, Que.)
Olivier Gouin (Terrebonne, Que.)
Adam Griffiths (Victoria, B.C.)
Jeff Heron (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
Guillaume Labonte (Trois-Rivières, Que.)
Michael Langin (Kelowna, B.C.)
Meghan Mallette (Fredericton, N.B.) – female seminar
Josh McCormick (Moncton, N.B.)
Vanessa Morin (Acton Vale, Que.) – female seminar
Patrick Myers (Thorold, Ont.)
Manuel Nikolic (Austria)
Mark Pearce (North Vancouver, B.C.)
Cody Rude (Leduc, Alta.)
Chris Schlenker (Medicine Hat, Alta.)
Andre Schrader (Germany)
Pat Smith (Embrun, Ont.)
Kevin Webinger (Calgary, Alta.)
Jesse Wilmot (Hamilton, Ont.)
For more information on the Hockey Canada Officiating Program and all of Hockey Canada’s development programs, visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hockeycanada.