By the end of this season, over a dozen EIHA-registered officials – both referees and linesmen – will have had the chance to work games at international events and tournaments as part of their development as officials.
The latest of these tournaments starts this weekend in Almaty, Kazakhstan as Stefan Hogarth, Chris Wells and Lorna Beresford officiate at the Winter Universiade – the winter edition of the World Student Games.
The full list of officials and their assignments are:
Sweden – Molly Mugodhi and Emma Sanders (World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend)
Denmark – James Ions and Andy Cook (four team international u18 tournament)
Dumfries – Donald Campbell and Nathan Carmichael (IHUK four team u16 international tournament)
Norway – Deana Cuglietta (Winter Olympic qualifying tournament)
Hungary – Joy Johnston and Amy Lack (IIHF Womens U18 D1A)
Kazakhstan – Stefan Hogarth, Kris Wells and Lorna Bereseford (Winter Universiade)
Iceland – Leigh Hetherington (IIHF Womens D2B)
The EIHA’s head of officiating training and development, Joy Johnston, said: “At the start of the season we set ourselves a challenge of helping our officials develop and opening up opportunities to gain experience and work at international tournaments.
“For a small hockey nation we really punch above our weight in terms of international assignments and opportunities to develop our officials in partnership with other countries. We have a number of IHUK Elite officials who have IIHF licenses and go to tournaments.
“However this year we have worked in partnership with IHUK to have EIHA officials recognized with international licenses and also given opportunities for international exposure and events. This is a great way to develop our officials and also reward the officials who have been working hard on developing their skills.
“These officials really deserve to have opportunities where they can further themselves even more and get to experience officiating in other countries. We will be continuing to work hard to open up opportunities for other EIHA officials to have these international experiences as they progress their way through our levels and up into Elite and IIHF licenses.”