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 second spotlight are Colton Edling and Nicholas West. They attended the game vs. the Edmonton Oilers on November 8, 2015.
-Senior and Varsity Goalie at Brother Rice High School
-Wants to attend college to study Air Traffic Control/Drone Piloting or Accounting
-Father has been hockey referee in Illinois for over thirty years
-First game as an ice hockey official was in April 2011
-Graduated from IHOA’s (Illinois Hockey Officials Association) Advanced Development program
-Currently enrolled in the University of Illinois at Chicago fulltime for chemical engineering
-Currently working Tier 2 and Tier 3 junior hockey as well as High School and AAA games
-Refereed the 2013 Illinois High School Varsity Red State Championship game at the United Center