*NEW* IHOA apparel available


Starting JANUARY 8 through JANUARY 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 the Jerry’s Warehouse in Schaumburg.

PLEASE NOTE:   Orders will be batched and shipped AFTER the site closes, which is

5PM on JANUARY 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. IHOA doesn’t have control of any merchandise price and 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 Jan 8, Jan 19, or Jan 21, your order will not be ready until after Jan 22.)

Questions? Contact Nicole Davis


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!




If you have any other questions about seminars, that are not found on the FAQs page, or the registration process (name changes, registration account mistake, etc…) please contact the IHOA Registrar for the State of Illinois:

(Jameson Gronert registrar@ihoa.com).


Click here for USA Hockey Registration



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.