Hockey Canada Official Award Winners Announced
Each season the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s Officiating Development Program awards four (4) regional zone winners for Most Promising, Most Improved and Most Deserving Officials. Among the selected group, one (1) person in each category is then selected for the Hockey Canada award in their respected category. Recently Hockey Canada announced the three (3) Saskatchewan winners which are: Marc Guitard, Elena Kohlman and Bruce Skilliter.
Marc Guitard of Prince Albert was one of the younger officials in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League last season as well one of the top officials at the SaskFirst U15 Regional Camp. Guitard has shown great progress over his five years as an official and has been identified as a prospect to continue to move up the ranks in Saskatchewan and was also invited to attend the WHL Trainee Seminar Series earlier this summer. Ironically, five of the last eight winner of the Hockey Canada Most Promising Officials are on the WHL staff and two others, like Guitard are identified as prospects and were a part of the Seminar Series. Guitard, who graduated high school this year, will be shift to post-secondary studies at the University of Saskatchewan and will continue to get opportunities as a linesperson in the SJHL and other refereeing assignments once hockey returns.
Elena Kohlman, another official who graduated from high school this year, has been officiating for seven years in the Tramping Lake area and has shown tremendous improvement over the past few seasons. Kohlman has taken it upon herself to attend the Female SaskFirst camps and received quality coaching and support from her peers and official coaches. Her confidence as an official continues to rise with more experience and she continues the trend of strong females winning this award as she is the third female to win the Hockey Canada honour in four years. She also plans to attend the University of Saskatchewan this fall and continue her officiating. Kohlman should get more opportunities to improve and may perhaps get a chance to work some games in the Saskatchewan Female U18 AAA Hockey League once the season commences.
Last, but certainly not least is Bruce Skilliter of La Ronge. What hasn’t this guy done? He has worn the stripes for nearly 45 years. He worked his final game in the SJHL at the age of 60 capping off 26 years in the league. Bruce has been a great mentor for officials during all his stops around the province and serves as an official coach. When asked if he had served on the SHA Referee’s Division Executive, he acknowledged that he hadn’t. Shortly after that he expressed his interest in joining the newly created SHA Officiating Development Grassroots Committee and was selected as the North Coordinator. Skilliter looks forward to continuing to help young officials and share his years of experience and knowledge for the game.
Congratulations to these three individuals on receiving both the Hockey Canada and SHA Zone Awards, along with the other 9 zone award winners for the 2019-20 season.
SHA Officiating Awards Winners 2019-20 season.