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 fifth spotlight are AJ Rahm and Jeremy Bilecki. They attended the game vs. the San Jose Sharks on February 9, 2016.
-Seven years of officiating experience
-Finishing his second and final year Tribeca Flashpoint College studying Recording Arts
-Musician and sound engineer
-Currently working for USA Hockey, WIAA High School Hockey (NFHS), ACHA and the Great Lakes Hockey League (WI)
-Eight years of officiating experience
-Currently a Junior at Northern Illinois University
-Enjoys educating people about snakes and helping them overcome their fear of snakes and reptiles
-Highlights as a referee have been NIHL Championship games, State Championship games, Solider Field outdoor games and wearing the bands for the first time.