Illinois State Final Crews

Girls HS

Lines: Jessica Krysik, Ben Piskor
Refs: Samantha Cebulski, Eric Netzel

HS Combined

Lines: Brandon Boies, Scott Panter
Refs: Erika Greenen, Michael Plesek

HS Red

Lines: Steven Poapst, John Campbell
Refs: Samantha Hiller, Scott Gaffney

Ref Room
Longtime figure skater Cebulski is now one of Illinois’ top hockey officials
Ross Forman, 2/15/23, Source:
Ref Room
The Ref Room: Hockey Podcast for Referees, Coaches, Players & Fans
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Ben Allison
Ben Allison Legacy Memorial Scholarship Applications are due by April 14, 2023
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IHOA Scholarship
IHOA Scholarships are due by April 1st, 2023
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Brett Straley
From youth games to pro hockey, Chicago official Brett Straley works them all
Photo Source: Tim Lester (11/11/22, Vermilion County Bobcats @ Quad City Storm - SPHL, Vibrant Arena)
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Dave Ballantyne
Local referee Ballantyne has officiated 41 consecutive seasons, wants to hit 50
Photo Source: Beverly Buchinger (09/23/22 DePaul Blue Demons @ NIU Huskies - ACHA, Canlan Sports West Dundee)
Ross Forman, 10/19/22, Source:
Why Would Anyone Want to Officiate
Photo Source: Tim Boyle (03/09/16 New Trier Green vs. Oak Park-River Forest, Referee Don Langland)
Brad Baumruck, 10/19/22, Source:
Max Liberman
Shooting Star in Stripes, Referee Max Lieberman Set To Work the ODP
Photo Source: Len Edling (2022 USAH U14 Tier-I Nationals - Chicago, IL)
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2023 Central District Camps are now Open

Development Camp | June 11-13 @ Iowa State University in Ames, IA

Exposure Camp | June 13-16 @ Iowa State University in Ames, IA

2023 USA Hockey Summer Officating Camps

Men's Central Futures Camp | June 5-10 in Bowling Green, OH 

Men's Western Futures Camp | June 12-17 in Colorado Springs, CO 

Men's Northern Futures Camp | June 18-23 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI 

Men's Eastern Futures | July 25-30 in Keene, NH

Women's Futures Camp | June 24-30 in Oxford, OH

Sled Hockey Futures Camp | TBD in Vorhees, NJ

Men's High-Performance Camp | July 7-13 in Buffalo, NY

Women's High-Performance Camp | July 16-22 in Oxford, OH

Program of Merit | June 22-28 in Buffalo, NY

Current year registration closed

2023-24 Registration Countdown:


There are several reaosns to become a hockey official:
- Love for our sport
- Respect for fair games
- Opportunity to give back 
- Chance to stay involved
- Extra exercise
- Character building
- Challenge
- Friendships
- Extra cash

Illinois hockey officials association