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Meier became referee by accident
Written by Darren Zary - The Star Phoenix   
Brad Meier collected four dollars, yet it felt like a million bucks at the time.

He was 12.

He had just finished his first gig as a hockey official.

And it was purely by accident.

“It was total fluke,” recalls Meier, who was among the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League inductees in Melfort Friday night.

Meier had just finished a practice in the morning and his younger brother, Perry, had an outdoor game at Cardinal Leger School in Saskatoon.

“We went from my practice to his game...

Shaping the refs
Written by Martin Merk - IIHF   
VIERUMÄKI, Finland – The 2014 IIHF Women’s High Performance Camp is also about becoming a better athlete. That does not only count for players. The female game officials at the camp recently had sessions with Dave Smith, the Director of Fitness and Medical for the NHL Officials.

“I really like the way the camp is run with the hockey teams, good coaches and positive enthusiasm. The officials are trying to become better. We’re trying to have them understand the importance of why they...

Referees honing their craft at zebra school in Penticton
Written by Emanuel Sequeira - Penticton Western News   
Nick Albinati and Jake Stubbs are developing into better hockey officials than they were players.

“I was a horrible hockey player,” said Albinati, a Prince George product.

Stubbs also admits he wasn’t a great player in Vancouver as a left-handed right winger.

Both are in Steve Kozari’s Officiating School, which started Sunday at Memorial Arena and wraps up on Friday.

“I love the game of hockey and I wanted to continue it as long as I could,” said Albinati, a six-foot-three...

AHL Announces Michael Condon Memorial Award Recipient

Veteran linesman Jim Vail has been named the 2013-14 recipient of the Michael Condon Memorial Award for outstanding contributions by an on-ice official. Based in St. John’s, Vail has been an integral member of the league's officiating staff since 1991, working hundreds of games including the AHL All-Star Game and the Calder Cup Finals this past season.

Langley's Nick Bilko named B.C.’s top hockey official
Written by Troy Landreville - Langley Advance   
BC’s top official is a product of the Langley Minor Hockey Association.

Nick Bilko has been named the 2014 BC Hockey Official of the Year.

He was among the award winners at BC Hockey’s 95th annual Awards Banquet held this past Saturday, June 21, at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Nine awards were handed out to in a variety of categories.

“It’s a great honour,” Bilko said. “There are lots of guys who have won it [the award] before and have done really well in their...


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