*NEW* IHOA apparel available


Starting AUGUST 1 thru AUGUST 21

the “store” will be open to order IHOA merchandise. You can only order ON-LINE

Click on IHOA MERCHANDISE, and follow the instructions. Samples will be available at Leafs Centre seminar (Aug 12) and Fox Valley seminar (Aug 13).

PLEASE NOTE:   Orders will be batched and ship after the site closes, which is MIDNIGHT AUG 21. The shipping cost is a flat $9.99, unless you choose a more expensive option. Any order over $75 (PRE-TAX) ships for free. Jerry’s does not have control over the shipping costs. The orders in the Chicago area once shipped will take 1 to 2 days to arrive. 

(For instance- If you order today, tomorrow, Aug 21, your order will not be ready until after AUG 22.)



If you miss this first “store,” keep your eyes peeled for an announcement later this season for another opportunity!

Questions? Contact Nicole Davis





Click here for USA Hockey Registration



**Test review sessions are available.**

Check the Development page for further information.

If you have any other questions about seminars that are not found on the FAQs page or the registration process, please contact the IHOA Registrar for the State of Illinois:

(Jameson Gronert registrar@ihoa.com).

Illinois 2017 USA Hockey Summer Development Camp invitees

IHOA is very pleased to report that the following individuals were invited and will participate in the following USAH camps:

High Performance Camp:

The High Performance Camp provides officials the opportunity to continue to advance the educational process of the amateur official who has successfully proven his proficiency and application of the fundamentals of ice hockey officiating as presented at the Futures Camp level. This camp is focused on the advance techniques that officials must master to effectively manage hockey games at the highest levels, but in doing so re-emphasizing the need to master the fundamentals of officiating.
Gordon Mitchard and Jeff Pacocha

Futures Camp:

The Futures Camp provides an intense and thorough review of the fundamentals of amateur ice hockey officiating. The camp establishes the existence within each participant of a practical understanding and a consistent application of the fundamentals of ice hockey officiating and is conducted at various sites through June and July. USA Hockey also conducts a Womens’ Futures Camp.
Rick Faron, Scott LaPoe, Josh Katsimpalis, and Heather Ruchim (Women’s Camp)


These camps are invitation only and the invitations are based on several criteria which include:
• Overall game experience (Tier II & III Junior, ACHA, etc.)
• USA Hockey game experience
• Prior participation in a USAH Regional/Futures Camp (not required but strongly recommended)
• Regional Camp Performance Grades (written & skating exams)
• District Referee-in-Chief (and support staff) recommendations
• State Supervisor recommendations


Central District Officiating Camp in Ames, Iowa:

Andres Cruz, Brandon Janda, Christopher Lubera, Jonathan Stevanovich, and Ryan Walters

Each of these officials has dedicated themselves to improving their officiating skills and overall performance and is to be applauded for their talent, time and dedication to our sport. We wish each of them well when they attend their respective camps and look forward to their return to Illinois next season.

IHOA alum chosen to work 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup

Congratulations to 2 of IHOA’s own!

NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Series:


Shane Gustafson

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Aberdeen Wings 1     Vs     Aston Rebels 2 (OT)
Referees– JR Stragar     Linesmen– Shane Gustafson, Jeffery Pacocha

Jeff Pacocha

Friday, May 12, 2017 –  Lone Star Brahmas 3      Vs     Janesville Jets 1
Referee– Nolan Bloyer      Linesmen– Jeffery Pacocha, Christopher Williams

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Aberdeen Wings 1     Vs     Aston Rebels 2 (OT)
Referees– JR Stragar     Linesmen– Shane Gustafson, Jeffery Pacocha

NAHL Robertson Cup info

2017 IHOA Scholarship recipients

At the annual meeting on May 8, 2017, the following officials for received the 2017 IHOA Scholarship:

Adam Winiecke     Anders Lindgren     Matthew Blaney       Ryne Krueger

(Pictured):     Treasurer Geoff Schlender     Matthias Cyranek     Timothy Ryan   President John Oldenburg


2017 May meeting recap

At the Annual Meeting, the membership elected the following 5 people, including 3 new Board members, to the Board; each will serve a three year term on the IHOA Board. Congratulations go out to:

Joseph Guzzardi (new)      Kendall Hanley (new)      Nick West (new)

John Oldenburg (incumbent)     Geoff Schlender (incumbent)


At the conclusion of the IHOA Annual Meeting, the Board convened and elected the following members to the Executive Board:
RIC: Michael Barrett     President: John Oldenburg     Vice President: David Zednik     Secretary: Nicole Davis
Treasurer: Geoff Schlender     Registrar: Jameson Gronert        

As a Board, we represent you, the official, and we are here to help you in any way we can. Communication is the key to solving problems and making the organization stronger so please let us hear from you.

2017 Election candidates

Ladies and gentlemen of th IHOA membership. Below are this year’s candidates. Please take a few minutes to become acquainted with them, and ready to vote on MAY 8, 2017 @ 7pm at the BLOOMINGDALE GOLF CLUB.


Joe Guzzardi

My name is Joe Guzzardi, and I will be entering my 7th season since returning to officiating. During this time, I have assisted in instructing numerous seminars, mentored many new officials, worked as a supervisor and evaluator, and most recently attended the USA Hockey instructor training seminar.
My hope is that I can continue to service the officials in the state of Illinois by using my experiences to develop individuals and assist them in reaching whatever goals they wish to accomplish as an official, be it bettering basics of officiating to working more advanced games such as Tier I. My goal, should I be elected to the IHOA Board, would be to continue to evolve our training and development programs to place each official in a position to meet their ambitions.
I am honored to have been nominated, and thank you for your consideration to serve on this board for you.

Len Edling

Len Edling has been involved in Illinois hockey programs as a player since 1972. He began officiating in 1978, has officiated at all levels of amateur hockey. He attended and was certified as a USA hockey program instructor in 2001 and was instrumental in the initial design and implementation of the IHOA powerpoint seminar materials, which were later adopted and further developed by USA hockey for national release.  Len is currently a member of the IHOA board for the since 2012 and is serving on the IHOA Rules and Ethics Committee. Additionally, he serves as a scheduler for the St. Jude hockey program and participates with IHOA as a referee, seminar instructor, mentor, evaluator and supervisor.

John Oldenburg:

Hello all,
I am honored to once again be nominated to the IHOA board of directors.
In the past i have served as the Chairman of the Performance And Development committee and assisted the Seminar coordinator. In May of 2016 i was elected President of IHOA.
If re-elected to the board i will continue to serve our members and help IHOA remain the top officiating organization in the country.
I want to continue to make a difference in Illinois hockey and provide our membership with tools for success.
See you all at the annual meeting.

Kendall Hanley:

A native of Raleigh, NC, Kendall Hanley relocated to the Chicago area in May 2016. Kendall studied zoology and played NCAA DIII women’s varsity ice hockey at SUNY Oswego, in Oswego, NY. After graduating from SUNY Oswego, Kendall moved to the Dallas, TX area where she completed an Advanced Research Internship with the Dallas Zoo. While in Dallas, Kendall began her USA Hockey officiating career with the Metroplex Hockey Officials Association, participating in and completing the MHOA’s Mentor and Advanced Development Program.

Kendall has been a certified USA Hockey official for eight seasons and has been selected to work various State, District and National Championship tournaments over the course of her officiating career. She has participated in and completed a number of USA Hockey sanctioned officiating development camps over her career: Rocky Mountain District Officials Development Camp (2011), Women’s Regional Officials Development Camp (2011), Women’s Elite Officiating Experience (2012, 2016) and the Officiating Development Program Training Camp (2016). She is a USA Hockey Officiating Development Program official. In addition to her USA Hockey certification, Kendall is licensed as a Linesman with the IIHF and most recently was assigned to work the 2017 Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. She has officiated in IIHF events in Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Thailand and the United States.

Kendall is also a USA Hockey certified Seminar Instructor and is involved in IHOA’s Mentor Program, Advanced Development Program and Evaluation Program. In recognition of her professionalism, loyalty and consistent dedication to the IHOA seminar instructional program, Kendall was the 2016 recipient of The Tom Osiol Award.

In addition to her officiating background, Kendall has experience serving in various leadership roles in the hockey community. Kendall was previously a Director of Hockey for programs in Texas and Colorado and holds her Level 4 coaching and NARCE Hockey Director Certification. Prior to relocating to Colorado for a professional opportunity, Kendall held the position of Girls’ / Women’s Section President on the Texas Amateur Hockey Association Board of Directors.

When she is not at the rink, Kendall enjoys working at Kriser’s Natural Pet and dogblading with her chocolate lab Cooper in the South Loop.

Nick West:

I am going in to my ninth season as an official. Although my time spent officiating is rather short compared to many of the amazing individuals in the officiating community I have acquired a lot of great experiences that will assist me in my duties as a board member. I began my career at the ripe age of 14 skating mite and squirt games; shortly after my second season I joined the advance development program underneath Erin Blair. I graduated from this program and became a “junior” instructor for it. I also became an IHOA Evaluator, Supervisor, and Mentor. Additionally I am an both an on-ice assistant and on-ice instructor for the IHOA seminars. Shortly after graduating high school I joined the officiating development program skating Tier 2 & Tier 3 juniors across the country. As I have just graduated college two days ago I am settling down my skating career and looking to take a more administrative role so that I can help young officials like myself obtain the same opportunities I had. Thank you for your consideration.

Geoff Schlender:

Thank you for nominating me for another three year term on the IHOA Board of Directors. It has been an honor to serve the membership for over twenty-one (21) years and I take these responsibilities and obligations very seriously.

I have been officiating since 1993 and have been very active in the association both on and off the ice for the past several years in addition to coaching several youth and high school teams. In 1996, I was elected to the IHOA Board of Directors and have served as Treasurer since Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame member Don Allord appointed me “Treasurer For Life” in 1997.

In addition to my duties as Treasurer, I have been a Certified USA Hockey Seminar Instructor since going to Colorado Springs with the late Mike Zyburt in 2003. The first seminar I taught was with the late Tom Osiol, which made the honor of being selected as the 2012 Seminar Instructor of the Year Award that much more meaningful and humbling.

During my tenure as an IHOA Board Member, I have served on almost every committee and originated the IHOA Scholarship and Performance Education and Development (PED) programs. By being nominated to serve yet another term on the Board of Directors, it seems as if the hockey and officiating communities have been pleased with my participation and experiences. I will continue to try and make a difference for all if I am elected to serve again.

Thanks to all of you for your attendance and participation in the Annual Meeting.

**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.

2017 Illinois High School State Championships at the United Center

Congratulations to the following officials, rewarded with the

2017 High School Championships at the United Center!

Girls Game: (L-R) (L) Michael Seery, (R) Matthew Bleck, (L) Heather Ruchim


Combined: (L-R)  (L) Eric Arrigo, (R) Dustyn Rassmussen, (R) Steven Rickard, (L) Daniel Rack

Red: (L-R)   (L) Jeffrey Neumann,  (R) David Canon, (R) Gordon Mitchard, (L) Cory Lamasky     

Job well done! Keep working hard IHOA!

2017 IHOA Scholarship application available

The IHOA scholarships are awarded each spring to student officials who exhibit in school, on the ice and in their community the true spirit of USA Hockey, AHAI and IHOA. This scholarship, awarded to student officials annually, is applicable towards college tuition at an accredited college or university.

2nd Late Season Seminar added!

Back by popular demand…


cropped-logo_ihoa1.jpg MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2016 

at FOX VALLEY ICE ARENA (1996 S. Kirk Rd. Geneva, IL 60134)

LEVEL 1s: 9am-5pm

LEVEL 2s & 3s: 9am-4pm


For further information regarding IHOA’s registration process: Register with IHOA and FAQs

When ready to register: Click here for IHOA registration

usahClick here to register for USA Hockey (officials)



TONIGHT at the IHOA Board of Directors monthly meeting,

it was decided to add a

late season seminar!


*LEVEL 1 (1PM- 8PM) with ice*

**LEVEL 2 (1PM- 7PM) with ice**



**If you are a LEVEL 2, 3 or 4, have not attended a seminar yet, and wish to register,

YOU WILL NOT BE CERTIFIED and ELIGIBLE to work USA Hockey games by

NOVEMBER 30, 2016 (when your crest expires)!

*You MUST also make sure that the level you register for with IHOA matches with your USA Hockey registration. FAILURE TO DO THIS WILL DROP YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL LOWER!

For further information on the IHOA’s registration process, click here: Register with IHOA

When ready to register: Click here to register with IHOA

Click here to register with USA Hockey

2016 USAH Development Camp participants

Congrats to the following officials on being selected to participate in USA Hockey’s Development Camps this past summer. The USA Hockey Officiating Program offers many programs each season for officials to develop. Whether your goals are to progress to higher levels of the game (Junior, NCAA, Pro, IIHF, etc.), or to become a better officials in your local grassroots hockey community, there are programs available to those officials who wish to reach the top of their game. For more information, go to: USAH Advanced Development Programs.



Cameron McCambridge, Matt Bleck, and Richard Faron

OBJECTIVE – This camp is an intense and thorough review of the fundamentals of amateur ice hockey officiating.  The camp establishes the existence within each participant of a practical understanding and a consistent application of the fundamentals of ice hockey officiating as recommended by the USA Hockey Officiating Program.  These areas include positioning, rules knowledge and game management.  This camp focuses on instructing the fundamentals and reinforcing all of the basic techniques an official needs to manage all levels of amateur hockey.  Supporting areas of instruction will include skating technique, physical conditioning and mental preparedness.

PARTICIPANTS – All participants must be USA Hockey members who are between 18-28 years old.  12-18 participants will be selected for each of the futures camps.


Shane Gustafson and Anthony Vikhter

OBJECTIVE – To continue to advance the educational process of the amateur official who has successfully proven his proficiency and application of the fundamentals of ice hockey officiating as presented at the Futures Camp level.  To review and refine the lessons learned at the Futures Camp as the participants attempt to advance to the higher levels of hockey.  This camp is focused on the advance techniques that officials must master to effectively manage hockey games at the highest levels, but in doing so re-emphasizing the need to master the fundamentals of officiating.  Additional supporting areas of instruction will include power skating. nutrition, physical conditioning and mental preparedness.

PARTICIPANTS All participants must be USA Hockey members who are between 20-30 years old and it is preferred that they had previously attended a Futures Camp.  They should have some experience at the Tier III Junior Level and/or the NAPHL or USA Hockey National Tournaments.  18-24 Participants will be selected to the High Performance Camp.


  1. Please be aware of the DATE, TIME, and LOCATION of what you want.
  2. If you’re unsure of the requirements, please read Register with IHOA
  3. Click here to Register for an IHOA SEMINAR.


Questions? Contact the IHOA Registrar (Jameson Gronert).

Questions? Contact the IHOA Registrar (Jameson Gronert).


Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Blackhawks Inflatable Rink

Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Blackhawks Inflatable rink

Dedicated to providing children & adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. This is also a great time to learn about the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey program, and how to get involved!

Athletes will receive instruction from the Blackhawks youth hockey staff: stick handling, passing, and game play.

When: Saturday, July 8
Where: Village of Orland Park Sportsplex Soccer Arena, 11351 W. 159th St, Orland Park
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fee: FREE!
Contact: Nick Harvey @ 708-403-6269

This is a great opportunity for your athlete to learn hockey in a fun structured environment.

***Athletes will NOT receive a lunch, but a snack and water will be provided.

***This is NOT a Village of Orland Park Special Recreation staffed event. Parent/Guardians are responsible for their athlete’s supervision.

Please have your athlete dressed in work out attire and gym shoes. Come out dressed in your favorite Blackhawks gear!

Come out and enjoy the fun sport of hockey!