Twenty-eight Americans Chosen to Officiate International Ice Hockey Federation Events During the 2018-19 Season; Includes Illinois’ Sladek and Strong

American officials will take part in 18 IIHF events

By USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that 28 American officials have been selected to serve as referees or linesmen for International Ice Hockey Federation events in 2018-19. The list includes Illinois’ Jonathan Sladek (Naperville) and Sara Strong (Chicago).

“We’re thrilled to see so many American officials earn the opportunity to officiate at the highest level,” said Matt Leaf, USA Hockey officiating program director. “Each one of them has worked hard to get to this point and I’m confident that they will represent the U.S. well on the world stage.”

American officials will take part in 18 IIHF events this season, including the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship Jan. 6-13, 2019, in Obihiro, Japan, the IIHF Women’s World Championship April 4-14, 2019, in Espoo, Finland, and the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship April 18-28, 2019, in Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden.

Seven of the 28 Americans chosen to officiate during the upcoming season have previous experience working in top-level IIHF events, including two who officiated at the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. Seven Americans have received their first IIHF assignment, while six will make their debut in IIHF pool A tournaments this season.

Assignments for the IIHF Men’s World Championship May 10-26, 2019, in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, will be determined in late February.

For a full list of American officials and their assignments, please see click here.

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