The Youth Hockey Referee Spotlight highlights two amateur hockey referees from Illinois per month and gives them the opportunity to attend a Blackhawks game and meet the NHL refs prior to puck drop. The impact and contribution of youth referees in hockey is as important as the players, and this is a great opportunity to reward them for their contributions.
Featured in the third spotlight are Cory Lamasky and Justin Pirard. They attended the game vs. the Phoenix Coyotes on February 9, 2015.
-18 years old and in his sixth season of officiating
-Currently officiating High School, Midget AAA, and D-2/D-3 college hockey in the ACHA
-Refs and participates in the Advanced Development Program
-Attends community college and is transferring next fall
-Graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 2013 and was on their Midget AAA hockey team
-Sophomore at Northern Illinois University majoring in Business Finance
-Member of USA Hockey’s National Officiating Development Program
-Hopes to officiate in the NCAA one day