Officials’ Category ~ Class of 2019
Steve grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and found a liking to the game of “hockey” from his days of watching the Chicago Blackhawks games on TV and playing it in the kitchen with the red and yellow plastic blades with the BLACK and WHITE shafts against his parents who took turns playing goalie.
He began playing in 1974 when a local rink (Carol Stream) opened its doors. He played in different youth organizations growing up and was a member of his high school team’s (Glenbard North) inaugural year. After graduating from high school, and while attending the College of DuPage, his not so little brother took a liking to the game as well. Steve was asked to help on the bench with that team.
In 1982 Steve made the grand decision to try on the BLACK and WHITE by taking up officiating. He felt he could do a better job than the referees he saw in games while helping on his brother’s team. He worked hard at officiating and took a liking to it. He worked his way up through the officiating ranks over the years doing all level games. Steve has worked at both the Chicago Stadium and the United Center as well as various levels of nationals, high school and college championships.
Steve became an Illinois Hockey Officials Association (IHOA) board member where he served as Seminar Coordinator, Secretary, Vice President and President. He also became a Certified Instructor in 2000 and has been teaching ever since. Steve retired from serving as an IHOA director in 2018 after serving over 20 years on the board.
Steve is still involved in officiating, but you will most likely see him back in the role of coaching. He is currently the Director of Hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey program. Steve also serves as the assistant coach for Team USA World Cup National Special Hockey Team. It’s also possible to catch Steve at a Chicago Wolves game as an off-ice official, which he has been doing since 2010.
Steve is honored to be a part of the prestigious group of members of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame. He wants to congratulate all those members who made it possible, as well as the past and current group of inductees, who have grown this great game we all love called, “HOCKEY”.
NOTES: The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at (847) 269-2922 or email Norm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joining in honoring this special group of inductees will be several of the past inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, and all of the past inductees have demonstrated, through their actions over the years, their personal commitment in making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinois youth and the Illinois hockey community.
The mission statement of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame is as follows:
“To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois.”
On behalf of everyone involved in the game of hockey, we admire and thank each of the inductees into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019. They truly are in a class of their own.