USA Hockey Announces Inaugural Advanced Officiating Symposium and New Tenured Official Program

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.

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2018 Seminar staff awards

Osiol Seminar Instructor award- Carl Sassolino

IHOA RIC John Dunne, IHOA President, Award winner Carl Sassolino, Central District RIC Sjoukje Brown

Zyburt Assistant Instructor award- Jack Young

IHOA RIC John Dunne, IHOA President, Award winner Jack Young, Central District RIC Sjoukje Brown

NCAA/ACHA Rules meeting set

October 15th  7-9pm

at the

Oakbrook Marriott

1401 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL

This is a rule change year, which mean new book! There are download options available, just click the book to go to the site.

Andy McElman, veteran NHL linesman, named Director of Officiating in SPHL

Veteran NHL Linesman Andy McElman named Director of Officiating


June 19, 2018

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (June 19, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced Tuesday that Andy McElman, who spent 23 years as a National Hockey League linesman, has been named the league’s new 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 Scholarship Recipients; Longtime IHOA Board Member Retires

IHOA Annual Meeting:

Mucha & Foster Named IHOA Scholarship Recipients

 Longtime IHOA Board Member Steve Drews Retires

The Illinois Hockey Officials Association (IHOA) held their Annual Meeting on Monday, May 14th at the Bloomingdale Golf Club in Bloomingdale, Illinois. IHOA recognized Steve Drews who announced his retirement from the IHOA board. Steve has served on the IHOA board for many years in many capacities, including the position of IHOA President. Steve has also been a lifetime AHAI volunteer, donating his time as an AHAI Coaching Education Program (CEP) Instructor and Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Coach. Steve was recently awarded the 2018 AHAI Disabled Hockey Coach of the Year Award and is also an AHAI Service Award recipient. Both IHOA and AHAI will miss Steve’s tireless dedication to the sport of ice hockey.
Steve Drews
Charlie Foster
Alex Mucha
Additionally, the annual IHOA scholarships were awarded to two student officials who exhibited in school, on the ice and in their community the true spirit of USA Hockey, AHAI and IHOA. IHOA congratulates Charlie Foster and Alex Mucha and wishes them good luck in the next chapter of their lives.

IHOA 2018-19 Board of Directors

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



2018 HS Championships at the United Center

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.


2018 USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival

USAH Disabled FestivalThe 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 ( or Jack ( to discuss your availability.