Officials from around the state came together for the U16 NH State Finals Tourney held at the Ice Center in Salem NH on the weekend of December 11, 12, and 13. These officials are part of our state wide development and educational program to help young and aspiring referees get to the level of officiating that they want. The officials who were selected for this event worked 2-official, 3-official, and 4-official systems. Congrats to all who were selected to work games, and thank you for a job well done!
Zack Bayer conducts the opening face off of the finals game
Max Lajeunesse waives off sides during the finals game
L-R Linesman Cody Sullivan, Referee Zack Bayer, Referee Owen Currier, Linesman Max Lejeunesse
NH Supervisor of Officials
When the USA Hockey Board of Directors ratified the Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect in June of 2019 its intent was to create a culture that eliminates: 1) hits to the head, 2) hits from behind and 3) late hits.
The onus on modifying the culture lies with everyone in the game, from players, coaches and officials to media, parents, fans and administrators.
While the focus of the Declaration is largely around changing the culture and mindset involved with body checking, there is also language that deals with unsportsmanlike conduct centered around banging on the boards to celebrate a body check. Below this video of Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey, commenting on the Declaration, there is a document that clarifies the intent around what has been a long-standing part of the USA Hockey rulebook.
This video is a MUST watch for all coaches, players, parents, and officials. This video provides solid examples of the types of plays that should be considered acceptable and unacceptable. Please take a few moments to watch and learn a better way to play our sport.