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 fourth spotlight are Joseph Ciske and Ryan Walters. They attended the game vs. the St. Louis Blues on January 24, 2016.
-Fifth season as a USA Hockey official
-Studying to be a paramedic at Northwest Community Hospital
-Works Midget AA and AAA, High School, Junior A and College hockey games
-Favorite experience was officiating the Winter Classic Charity Game for fallen Chicago firefighter Daniel Capuano
-Graduated from Downers Grove North High School in 2009 and went to Hope College in Holland, MI
-Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science
-Currently works as a Rehabilitation Specialist at a chiropractor’s office in Naperville.
-Aspires to officiate College and Professional Hockey