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 first spotlight are Max Osipov and Eddie Belliveau. They attended the game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 17, 2015.
-Currently officiating his fifth season
-Began playing hokcey as a Bantam.
-Officiates Midget and High School games
-Currently pursuing a master’s degree
-19 years old and in fifth season of officiating
-Volunteers with the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Team
-IOHA mentor to the newest officials