Hockey Alberta announced Tuesday the 12 officials that will represent their zones at the 2012 Alberta Cup set for April 26-29 in Lethbridge, Alberta as well as officials selected to participate in national and regional championships.
The Alberta Cup is the second stage in the Provincial Officiating Development Program. Each one of the selected officials first attended a zone camp where 8-18 officials are put through on and off ice testing as well as game evaluations. Two officials from each zone are selected from the zone camps to work the Alberta Cup.
“The caliber and competitive level at this year’s zone camps was very high,” said Hockey Alberta’s Coordinator of Officiating Programs & Operations, Kyle Baltimore. “The tournament is an opportunity for these officials to further develop their talents to help them get to the next level. We look forward to seeing how all these officials progress through the program.”
Officials selected to work at the Alberta Cup are evaluated and critiqued on their on-ice performance.
After the Alberta Cup, officials are chosen to attend the third stage of the program, Provincial Development Camp. This camp is held in July in conjunction with the U16 Male camp. The Provincial Camp is one week in length and includes classroom sessions, guest speakers, on and off ice training sessions, and game time evaluation.
Past Alberta Cup officials include: Kyle Rehman (NHL referee), Chris Carlson (WHL linesman), Colin Watt (AJHL and WHL referee), Kevin Webinger (WHL referee), Fraser Lawrence (WHL referee), and Curtis Nichols (Former WHL referee and current Hockey Alberta Referee-in-Chief).
REGIONAL AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The following officials have been assigned to officiate at the following regional and national championships.
Telus Cup - Leduc:
Matt Cassidy - Red Deer
Geoff DaSilva - Calgary
Kyle Kowalski - Edmonton
Jordan Lightbown - Medicine Hat
Stefan Brown - Fort Saskatchewan
Andrew Coburn - Wembly
Ethan Cronkhite - Bonnyville
Jared Cummings - Sherwood Park
Deion Foster - Lloydminster
Jason Nedinis - Calgary
Cam Penstone - Lacombe
Justin Slimm – Calgary
Western Canada Bantam Championship – Stony Plain:
Eric Bell - Edmonton
Jarred Cumings - Sherwood Park
Eric Dewit - Red Deer
Eric Watts - Spruce Grove
Chad Gruntman - Springbrook
Alex Homer - Edmonton
Greg Knoblauch - St. Albert
Kelly McKenzie - Leduc
AJ Nelson - Red Deer
Brett Ryan - Spruce Grove
Brandon Weber - Spruce Grove
Andy Yaworski - Fort Saskatchewan
CIS Women’s National Championship - Edmonton:
Aaron Best - St. Albert
Shelley Knowlton - St. Albert
Amanda Allaire - Calgary
Shauna Wing - Red Deer