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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.

 
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...

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Former K to work a whistle in Stanley Cup Finals
Written by Blake Sebring - The News-Sentinel   
There are no former Komets playing in the NHL's Stanley Cup Final, but there will be one skating. Former Komets defenseman Wes McCauley will be one of four referees used in the series between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

McCauley, 42, played eight games with the 1995-96 Komets as a young defenseman out of Michigan State where he was a team captain. Even then, he knew his long-term career would probably include blowing a whistle rather than carrying the puck with a stick.

His...

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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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Jackson Receives 2013-14 Birmingham Memorial Award
The ECHL on Thursday announced that linesman Travis Jackson is the 2013-14 recipient of the Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award.

The award honors an On-Ice Official for his contributions and dedication to the league officiating staff and is determined in voting of ECHL On-Ice Officials. It is named in honor of ECHL linesman Ryan Birmingham who tragically lost his life in an automobile accident in May 2007.

“I was shocked, yet humbled and honored, to have been voted for the Birmingham Award by...

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