Date of Birth: 1974
Place of Birth: Petty Harbour, NL
Inducted: 2013 (Builder Category)
Michael Dinn, during an extremely rewarding 19-year officiating career, established himself as one of the most respected and knowledgeable officials within Newfoundland and Labrador. The manner in which he conducted himself on and off the ice gained universal approval from players, coaches, managers, fans and other officials. He was simply an exceptional hockey official.
His overall service to hockey is greatly demonstrated by his selection as an official for the 2000 Atlantic Midget AA finals, the 2003 Canada Winter Games in New Brunswick, the World Under 17 Championships in 2001 and 2004, and in 2005 he was one of three officials within the province selected to serve with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
His officiating began in 1991 with the Goulds Minor Hockey program when he was 17. It continued with this organization for 14 years and he played a major role in the formation of the Goulds Referees Association in 1997. He was elected president of the Metro Referees Association in 2006 and progressed on the ice to a level that allowed him to officiate game six of the Herder Memorial finals in 2008.
He was designated as an instructor and supervisor for Hockey Newfoundland officials program in 2005 and he earned levels IV, V and VI, one of a few Newfoundland and Labrador officials to obtain Hockey Canada’s official certification. He supervised and trained a multitude of officials in Newfoundland and Labrador and was regarded as one of the province’s most senior instructors and supervisors.
His excellent on-ice experience enabled him to provide very sound advice during his supervising. He was a valued instructor within the program for five years and was senior instructor at several instructors’ seminars. He demonstrated a great ability to communicate with the officials for whom he was responsible for training.
Hockey officiating within Newfoundland and Labrador is much better because of Michael Dinn’s involvement prior to his death in 2010.