Chicago Blackhawks Referee Spotlight

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 Matt Coffey and Michael Seery. They attended the game vs. the Vancouver Canucks on December 13, 2015.


(From left to right) Mike Cvik, Matthew Coffey, Steve Kozari, Michael Seery, Tony Sericolo, Dan O’Halloran

Matt Coffey
-17-year-old senior at Plainfield North High School
-Recently entered the Advanced Development Program to help further his knowledge of refereeing
-Officiating highlights include working the girl’s U10 state championship and NIHL Mite B championship
-Successfully completed firefighting training classes last year and joined the Explorer Post 343 for additional hands on training

Michael Seery
-Currently a senior at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.
-Career goal is to become a sports agent or work in the front office of an NHL team
-Level 3 referee
-Coaches youth hockey for the Addison Grizzlies

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