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July 12, 2016
For immediate release

Grand Falls-Windsor, NL – Hockey Canada in conjunction with Hockey NL Officiating Committee presents 3 Awards annually to Officials within the Branch. Hockey NL is proud to announce this year’s recipients: 

Hockey Canada Most Promising Award – is presented to a young official in their first, second or third year of officiating, as being the best rookie.

This year’s recipient of the Hockey Canada Most Promising Award is Kellie Snook of CBR Minor Hockey Association.

Kellie was nominated by CBSRA Referee in Chief Tony Cronin. He stated “Kellie is a level 3 official with the CBSRA. She has advanced greatly as an official.  Kellie has done all levels of minor hockey this season and does a great job each and every game. Her commitment to excellence is one of her greatest assets. Kellie is always there to help the younger officials and explain the importance of doing a good job while officiating games. She takes great pride when asked to go on the ice with a younger official to mentor them during their games. Kellie gives freely of her time to go on the ice as the 4th official just to help the younger officials.

In the past 2 seasons Kellie has done over 225 games and not missed one assignment, this speaks very highly of her commitment to the referee’s program.  As a young official I can’t say enough great things about Kellie and to see her win this award would be a great accomplishment for her, plus it would be a great recognition of all her hard work and dedication she gives to the referee’s program!!! “

Congratulations Kellie.

Hockey Canada Most Improved Award – presented to the official who has shown the most improvement within their officiating caliber of hockey. This is not necessarily your best official but the one who has progressed the most through their attendance at clinics/seminars and their on-ice efforts.

This year’s recipient of the Hockey Canada Most Improved Award is Michael Joy of St. John’s.

Michael Joy was nominated by Avalon Zone Coordinator Bob Wight. Bob stated that “Mike has improved as on ice official in the past 2 seasons to where he worked the lines in the Herder Playoffs, Atlantic Junior and the Atlantic Major Midget. Mike made himself available to cover a lot of local hockey in Junior, High School and Midget.  He did not pick and choose the best games but made himself available when we needed bodies as well.  The biggest improvements have been in his attitude to accept constructive criticism of his game and use the information to improve.  He has even asked to be evaluated so he might add something to the game to bring improvement.  The development in his game has elevated his skills to the point where he is among our best linemen in the Avalon Zone.”

Congratulations Michael.

Hockey Canada Most Deserving Award – this official is rated on their own officiating skills and what they put back into the Branch/Division i.e., supervisor, instructor, administration.

This year’s recipient of the Most Deserving Award is Stephen Guy of Deer Lake.

Steven Guy was nominated for the Most Deserving Award by Western Zone Coordinator Joe Lane. Joe stated that “Stephen does a lot for officiating on the West Coast and is a very good candidate for this award. He officiates Senior Hockey and always fills in for others in the Zone as well as in the Central Zone. He spends time supervising the younger officials and keeps me posted.

He is an instructor with our Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) and has no problem doing clinics as far away as St. Anthony. Stephen is a great asset to the HCOP both at the local and Provincial Level. Stephen is a worthy candidate for this Award.”

Congratulations Steven.

Each recipient will be presented with a plaque from Hockey Canada recognizing them for their respective Awards.