Category Archives: NHLOA Article Series

Whistle Talk

The NHLOA, in conjunction with the NHL, founded a mentorship program geared towards a group of 48 elite female officials throughout North America.   Article written by Adam Kirshenblatt — Samantha Hiller just wants to be able to skate. The native of Boulder, Colorado is a level four official with USA Hockey working in Illinois. She had broken her leg […]

At an altitude of 38,000 feet, Brad Watson expressed his appreciation for a late, great friend who was always so down-to-earth

Brad Wats

By Rob Vanstone, Regina Leader-Post While flying from Denver to Detroit, Watson wrote a tribute to a fellow Regina-born NHL referee — Mick McGeough — and, upon landing, kindly shared the heartfelt sentiments with us. “I consider myself very fortunate to have called Mick my friend,” Watson wrote of McGeough, who died Friday at age 62. […]

Linesman Shandor Alphonso

Shandor Alphonso

How a financial advisor became the NHL’s only active black official By Donnovan Bennett from Shandor Alphonso arrives at a mostly empty Air Canada Centre. It’s late March and he’s here for a late season game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hitting the ice for an Original Six matchup on Hockey Night in Canada has […]

NHL Referee Tim Peel – Hockey Fights Cancer Daily Digest

Tim Peel

NHL Referee Tim Peel recently sat down with to talk about his participation in the Movember Foundation and why it is so important to him to be part of it. From Welcome to Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint initiative between the NHL Players’ Association and NHL as well as a program of the NHL and […]

Maritime Referees Make it Big

Maritime Referees

CTV News caught up with some of our Maritime Officials on the road MARITIME REFEREES MAKE IT BIG By Cami Kepke CTV News  @CamiKepkeCTV The Maritime provinces is a region of Eastern Canada consisting of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The word “maritimes” which means “of the sea” has been collectively associated […]

Hockey Weekend Across America

Hockey Weekend Across America

Two Rising Refs Meet NHL Counterparts in Raleigh Hockey Weekend: Two Rising Refs Meet NHL Counterparts By Jeff Hawkins – Special to Original article:   Two teenagers wait outside the locker room in the cement concourse at PNC Arena, eager for the chance to meet four professional idols. The door opens, and they are […]

Radio Interview with Kendrick Nicholson

Kendrick Nicholson

Kendrick talks about his NHL debut in Ottawa Radio Interview with NHLOA Member Kendrick Nicholson on his NHL debut. By Fred Wallace, Bayshore Broadcasting.   Former Sauble Beach resident Kendrick Nicholson is pursuing full time work as a National Hockey League referee. After a lengthy term in the Ontario Hockey League as a linesman, Nicholson […]