RED DEER - Alberta is well-represented on the officiating crew for the 2019 National Junior A Championship in Brooks that starts Saturday.
One referee and five linesmen from Alberta have been assigned to work the national championship hosted by the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. Other participating teams include the Oakville Blades, Ottawa Jr Senators, Portage Terriers and Prince George Spruce Kings.
Alberta’s officiating contingent is led by referee Kevin Webinger of Calgary. Webinger has been refereeing for 18 years and obtained his Level 6 in 2015. He has worked in the WHL, AJHL and USports for nine seasons and Para-Ice Hockey since 2011, including the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Korea. Notable assignments include this year include CJHL Top Prospects game, Allan Cup, and the World Para Ice Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.
Five Alberta linesmen also bring an impressive amount experience to the event. Linesmen are also working the event:
- Travis Toomey: notable assignments include 2017-18 AJHL playoffs, 2018-19 WHL playoffs and AJHL finals, and the 2019 Doyle Cup.
- Devin Kohlhauser: graduate of 2014 Hockey Alberta Officials’ Development Camp; notable assignments include 2015 Mac’s Tournament and Officials Program of Excellence; 2016 World U17 Challenge; 2017 NHL/CHL Camp; 2018 WHL Canada/Russia Series, CHL Prospects Game; and 2019 Doyle Cup.
- Ethan Cronkhite: 15 years of experience including five seasons working WHL, CIS, and Jr. A; notable assignments include 2012 Telus Cup, 2016 WHL Canada/Russia Series, 2017 World U17 Championship, and 2019 AJHL finals and Allan Cup.
- Jason Nedinis: has worked in the WHL and USports since 2015, and AJHL since 2013; notable assignments include 2019 CJHL Prospects Game, 2018 and 2019 Doyle Cup, 2018 World Jr. A Challenge gold medal game, and 2012 Telus Cup.
- Deion Foster: notable assignments include 2012 Telus Cup, 2015 Western Canada Cup, 2016 RBC Cup, 2017 World Jr. Championship, 2019 University Cup, 2018 CIBC Canada/Russia Series, 2019 WHL finals, six AJHL finals, and two Doyle Cups.