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30 Americans, Including 3 From NYS, To Officiate IIHF Events During ’18-’19 Season

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(Photo of Brian Oliver From USA Hockey)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that 30 American officials have been selected to serve as referees or linesmen for International Ice Hockey Federation events in 2018-19.

“We’re thrilled to see so many American officials earn the opportunity to officiate at the highest level,” said Matt Leaf, USA Hockey officiating program director. “Each one of them has worked hard to get to this point and I’m confident that they will represent the U.S. well on the world stage.”

American officials will take part in 18 IIHF events this season, including the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship Jan. 6-13, 2019, in Obihiro, Japan, the IIHF Women’s World Championship April 4-14, 2019, in Espoo, Finland, and the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship April 18-28, 2019, in Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden.

Nine of the 30 Americans chosen to officiate during the upcoming season have previous experience working in top-level IIHF events, including two who officiated at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York, and two at the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. Seven Americans have received their first IIHF assignment, while six will make their debut in IIHF pool A tournaments this season.

Assignments for the IIHF Men’s World Championship May 10-26, 2019, in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, will be determined in late February.

For a full list of American officials and their assignments, please see below.

NAME

EVENT

LOCATION

HOMETOWN

Riley Bowles

WM18

Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden

Otis Orchards, Wash.

Sean MacFarlane

WM18

Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden

Otis Orchards, Wash.

Nicholas Briganti

WM18IA

Grenoble, France

Newington, Conn.

Sean Fernandez

WM18IIA

Elektreai, Lithuania

Novi, Mich.

Jonathan Sladek

WM18IIIA

Sofia, Bulgaria

Naperville, Ill.

Andrew Bruggeman

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

North Mankato, Mich.

Brian Oliver*

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

Rochester, N.Y.

Jeremy Tufts*

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

Brentwood, N.H.

Kenneth Anderson*

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

New Hope, Minn.

William Hancock II*

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

Chicago, Ill.

Patrick Richardson

WM20IIA

Tallinn, Estonia

Syracuse, N.Y.

Kevin Briganti

WM20III

Reykjavik, Iceland

Newington, Conn.

Jake Davis*

WMIB

Tallinn, Estonia

Wyandotte, Mich.

Andy Thackaberry

WMIIB

Queretaro, Mexico

Canton, Mich.

Justin Cornell

WMIIB

Queretaro, Mexico

Sterling Heights, Mich.

Andrew Wilk

WUG

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Erika Greenen

WUG

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Nashville, Tenn.

Laura White

WUG

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Runnemede, N.Y.

Jackie Spresser*

WW

Espoo, Finland

Thornton, Colo.

Jamie Huntley-Park*

WW

Espoo, Finland

La Jolla, Calif.

Jestina Vichorek

WW18

Obihiro, Japan

Carlton, Minn.

Kaylen Erchul

WW18

Obihiro, Japan

Duluth, Minn.

Kristin Moore

WW18

Obihiro, Japan

Broomfield, Colo.

Chelsea Rapin*

WW18IA

Radenthein, Austria

Burlington, Vt.

Kendall Hanley

WW18IA

Radenthein, Austria

Minneapolis, Minn.

Melissa Doyle

WW18IB

Dumfries, United Kingdom

White Bear Lake, Minn.

Sara Strong

WWIA

Budapest, Hungary

Chicago, Ill.

Kristine Langley*

WWIB

Beijing, China

Hopkins, Minn.

Jennifer Cameron

WWIIA

Dumfries, United Kingdom

Northborough, Mass.

Kelly Cooke

WWIIB

Brasov, Romania

Brighton, Mass.

*have previous experience working top-level IIHF events

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