AHAI State Tournament Rules & Information

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Officials’ Dress Code

Playoffs… We’ve all worked hard to get here. Keeping working hard, and request games only that you will give 100%. Players and coaches have worked all year to attain the right to play in these games and deserve the best efforts.

Your appearance before the game sets the tone for your officiating. If team members, staff and spectators observe an official arriving late, dressed in a casual manner, and clearly agitated, they will expect a poor on-ice performance, and often that is what occurs.

AHAI expects that officials who accept games from AHAI ASSIGNER to arrive no less than 30 minutes before game time and be dressed in an appropriate manner (business casual). Caps, sports team jackets, ancient shoes and work jeans are not acceptable. We do not expect formal wear, but dearly there is a middle style that can satisfy all. It is remarkable how frequently your appearance is mentioned – both good and bad. Take a few moments to dress appropriately and be a class act when you enter the rink.

Veryifying your Scoresheet

whether it’s handwritten or electronic, the score sheet is not deemed “good to go” until an official signs off on it at the conclusion of the game. Rule 502(e) is clear in saying, “At the conclusion of the game, the referee shall check the official score sheet, including team rosters and players in uniform, for accuracy prior to signing.” Regardless as to what system is used (hard copy or electronic scoring), the score sheet is considered an official record that documents the participants and the actions that take place during a game, and officials must adhere to their responsibility to treat it as such. Teams need them to document participation for eligibility in state or national tournaments, or to provide verification of a suspension served. They may also be keeping stats on players for their continued development and promotion to higher levels of play.  Plus, the score sheet provides a means to track progressive penalties or to identify trends within a local area or league. 

To read the whole article from USA Hockey, click here: Have you verified the score sheet?

2019-20 season Registration opening date set

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The opening date for seminar registration is

MONDAY, JULY 1, 2019

Further info to follow soon regarding seminar dates and locations. Register early, seats are limited and fill up quickly.

2018 Seminar staff awards

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

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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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)

Link to article: http://thesphl.com/view/thesphl/news/news_505138#.WymExn03z4s.email