USA Hockey announced today that it will host its first-ever Advanced Officiating Symposium July 26-28, 2019, at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington, Minnesota. The first-of-its-kind symposium is open to any official who has been completely registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for each of the previous three hockey seasons and is seeking to obtain “tenured” status within the USA Hockey Officiating Program.
Osiol Seminar Instructor award- Carl Sassolino
IHOA RIC John Dunne, IHOA President Don Mrozik, Award winner Carl Sassolino, Central District RIC Sjoukje Brown
Zyburt Assistant Instructor award- Jack Young
IHOA RIC John Dunne, Award winner Jack Young,
IHOA President Don Mrozik, Central District RIC Sjoukje Brown
Veteran NHL Linesman Andy McElman named Director of Officiating
“Having been with USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program the past several years, I am very excited to join the SPHL and continue working with our officials as they pursue their goal of working at the highest professional levels,” said McElman.
McElman, who joined the NHL in 1993, worked 1,500 regular season games before his retirement in 2016. A native of Palatine, IL, McElman was selected to work the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field and the 2002 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
“On behalf of the Board of Governors, we are excited to have Andy oversee the league’s officiating program,” added SPHL President Jim Combs. “He has demonstrated a passion for developing and mentoring young officials and will be a tremendous addition to the SPHL as we enter our 15th season.”
(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)
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IHOA Annual Meeting:
Mucha & Foster Named IHOA Scholarship Recipients
Longtime IHOA Board Member Steve Drews Retires
May 14 was the IHOA Annual meeting and election. The following people were elected to the Board:
Erin Blair, Jameson Gronert, Steve Rickard, Carl Sassolino, and Craig Welker.
In a closed meeting after the annual meeting, the IHOA Executive Board was determined:
Referee-In-Chief: Michael Barrett
President: John Oldenburg
Vice President: Don Mrozik
Treasurer: Geoff Schlender
Secretary: Nicole Davis
Registrar: Jameson Gronert
Congratulations to the officials chosen to work the Illinois HS State Championships!
Girls’: Referee Samantha Cebulski; Linesmen John Oldenburg, Jr. and Mathias Cyranek
Boys’ (Red) Varsity: Referees Justin Pirard and Rick Faron; Linesmen Brandon Janda and Matthew Warco
Boys’ (Combined) Varsity: Referees Colin Gruenke and Joseph Siepka; Linemen Mitch Cmunt and Derek Radek.
The USA Hockey Disabled Festival will take place in Illinois this year over two weekends in April. The first weekend (April 5-8) features all disabled hockey disciplines (except sled) and the second weekend (April 12-15) features the sled hockey competition. Click the logo to view the USA Hockey page.
Games are available for request now. Use the advanced search and select Schedulers: Jack Raslawski to limit your search to festival games.
In anticipation of the festival events, IHOA will schedule and staff the entire weekend with officials who wish to participate. The disabled hockey section contains a few rules of play unique to each discipline and IHOA is conducting a free seminar (symposium) for all Illinois officials. Steve Drews and Jack Raslawski booked the West Meadows ice rink and room on March 22 starting at 6:00pm to identify and discuss these disciplines and the rules which accompany each of them. Steve and Jack will cover all aspects of officiating for the disabled festival. There is no cost involved with attending the symposium and game fees will be provided in all the USAH Festival games.
Also, if you have interest in working the festival and cannot make this symposium, you may contact either Steve (email@example.com) or Jack (Jack.Raslawski@abbott.com) to discuss your availability.
Remembering Rick Faron, who was ‘the man at Southwest Ice Arena’
By Ross Forman
“Rick was the man at Southwest Ice Arena,” Frank DiCristina, SIA president. “He was always there; everyone knew Rick; everyone liked Rick. And Rick loved his job.”
Faron started playing hockey at age 11, including years for the St. Jude Knights, and then was a four-year varsity player at De La Salle High School and also at College of DuPage. He later was an assistant coach from 1991-1994 with Tom Kurzawski for St. Laurence High School, and then an assistant coach with St. Jude for both of his son’s teams. He also coached with Craig Ferguson and Harry Kohl from 1998-2006 at St. Rita.
Faron died of complications from kidney failure.
“Rick was my best friend,” said DiCristina who, as a freshman at St. Laurence, still recalls getting checked on his back my Faron, who was then a sophomore.
“I remember thinking (at the time), ‘I have three more years (playing) against this guy. Rick was a clean player, but an intimidating player.”
Faron also was a local referee for nine years.
His sons – Ricky, now 23; and Tony, now 20 – played for St Jude, the Chicago Fury and St. Rita.
“One of Rick’s proudest moments was when his boys won the Kennedy Cup for St Rita, and then went on to win the State Championship in 2012,” said their mom, Chrissy Faron – who was married to Rick for “27 wonderful years,” she said.
Ricky and Tony are still on-ice officials. “Both sons are refs (and) they love it,” Chrissy said.
Chrissy, 53, lives in New Lenox and is a pediatric dental assistant for Treasured Smiles Dentistry.
The hockey community is getting together on Saturday, March 11, as A Night to Celebrate the Life of Rick Faron will be held, fittingly, at Redemption Bar (5505 W. 126th Street), above Southwest Ice Arena. The Blackhawks play the Boston Bruins that afternoon, so the Celebration starts at 11:30 a.m., thus attendees can watch the game.
Admission is $125, which will support the Rick Faron Memorial Foundation. Some of the raffle prizes include autographed hockey sticks and more.
“It will be a fun, emotional day that I’m really looking forward to,” DiCristina said. “No doubt there will be plenty of stories from the past.”
Olczyk autographed 300 pucks with a logo for the event, which will be given away to attendees.
“The best medicine was hearing stories about Rick, so, having dinner one night with our closest friends Frank DiCristina, Phil Stevens, Lori L’ Heureux and Susan Lief, (they) came up with the idea for A Night to Celebrate the Life of Rick Faron,” said Chrissy Faron.
Chrissy Faron said the hockey community has extended unwavering support for her family since his passing. “They have been there for me and the boys. I don’t know what I would have done without the support and love from all of them,” she said. “There is nothing like my hockey family. To this day, I could call any of the people who we have been involved with over the years and they are always there for (one another).”
**Photos courtesy of Chrissy Faron**