Kea, a native of Woodville, ON is a former professional hockey player. He was selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres in the 3rd round (#73 overall). He played in 283 professional games between the American Hockey League (AHL) and the ECHL over a 5 year career. Prior to professional hockey, Kea played with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) suiting up for 253 games with the club. After his playing career Kea transitioned into officiating, working between the American Hockey League (AHL) and the United States Hockey League (USHL).
Justin attended the NHL Officiating Exposure Combine held in Buffalo, NY in the summer of 2021 where he was offered a NHL Minor League Referee contract.