February meeting location changed

To the IHOA membership, the location of the Monday, February 12, 2018 meeting at 7pm has been changed. It has been relocated to:

Oak Brook Marriot
1401 west 22nd street, Oak Brook IL 60523

General Development Program sessions


They are intended for CURRENT USA Hockey registered officials ONLY!

Click here for further information for these sessions!


4 Illinois officials chosen to work IIHF events

Twenty-eight Americans Chosen to Officiate International Ice Hockey Federation Events During the 2017-18 Season; Includes Illinois’ Strong, Hiller, McCambridge & Hancock

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that 28 American officials have been selected to serve as referees or linesmen for International Ice Hockey Federation events in 2017-18, including seven that will officiate at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The list includes Illinois’ Sara Strong (Chicago)- Women’s World Championship Div. I Group A in Vaujany, France, Samantha Hiller (Des Plaines)- U18 Women’s World Championship Div. I Group A in Asiago, Italy, Ian McCambridge (Aurora)- Men’s World Championship Div. II Group A in Tilburg, Netherlands, and William Hancock II (Chicago)- Linesman @ World Jr Championship in Buffalo, New York.

“Congratulations to those officials selected to represent USA Hockey at international competitions,” said Matt Leaf, USA Hockey officiating program director. “This group has shown a commitment to mastering the craft of officiating over several years and will represent our country with pride and integrity.”

In addition to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, American officials will take part in multiple top-level IIHF World Championship events in 2017-2018, including the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo, New York, the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship Jan. 6-13, in Dmitrov, Russia, and the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship April 19-28, in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia.

Eleven of the 28 Americans chosen to officiate during the upcoming season have previous experience working in top-level IIHF events, including three who officiated at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan, and one at the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France. Eight Americans have received their first IIHF assignment this season.

For a full list of American officials and their assignments, please click here.

Remembering Bob Lilla (1931-2017)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bob Lilla, longtime Illinois official and member of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame.  Bob was an officiating icon across the country and one of the pioneers who founded IHOA and mentored many in the officiating community.


Article: “Remembering Bob Lilla” by Ross Forman


ALL Officials: Waiver necessary for MB Arena

The Chicago Blackhawks are requiring all participants to the MB Arena (their new facility) to sign a waiver before the person is allowed to use the facility.

This includes officials.


Download the mandatory waiver here: MB Arena waiver

**UPDATE!** NEW LOCATION for Annual Elections

To All IHOA Members

The Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members and Officers will be held on

Monday, May 8, 2017

at 7:00 p.m.

at the


181 Glen Ellyn Rd, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

All members are invited and encouraged to participate in the election of 5 members to the Board of Directors. The IHOA Nominating Rules and Procedures are here. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these Rules and Procedures since they guide the entire election process.

IHOA Board Member, Don Mrozik (mrozik@sbcglobal.net), is this year’s Chair of the Nominating Committee and working with him are Carl Sassolino (csass05@gmail.com) and Dave Zednik (reihoa@gmail.com); please address any questions to them via email.

Their bios will appear on the www.ihoa.com website prior to the Annual Meeting.