Three Sask Officials selected for World Juniors
Monday, Nov. 16th, 2020 - It is a holiday tradition in many household across the country; the World Junior Hockey Championships. This season three officials from Saskatchewan will be experiencing it quite a bit differently. Referees Adam Bloski and Mike Langin and linesperson Tarrington Wyonzek have been selected to join the World Juniors bubble in Edmonton and will be officiating the championship Dec. 25 – Jan. 5.
Bloski, 28, has worked his way up through the ranks in the province after getting his start in Saskatoon in 2008. He has worked numerous championships at all levels of hockey and also holds a spot on the American Hockey League and Western Hockey League rosters. Bloski received his Hockey Canada Level 6 certification in 2016-17 and been on the provincial, national and international ranking lists ever since. A former goalie playing tier 2 in Saskatoon he trusted the process and continued his development to the top of many rankings lists as an official.
Langin, 31, was also selected out of the Saskatoon pool of officials. In 2003 he began officiating in BC. After his job brought him out to Saskatchewan during the 2018-19 season he quickly joined the Saskatchewan group working the SJHL and continued to work in the WHL and Canada West. He also was formerly on the AHL roster as well. This season Langin joined the SHA’s Officiating Development Program as an advisor in a role that he hopes help to give back and support the development of other officials. Langin has been a Level 6 official since the 2015-16 season.
Due to the circumstances that 2020 has presented for the entire world and the hockey world in particular; Wyonzek is back in Saskatchewan currently working games in the SJHL and senior hockey leagues among others. Last season the 28-year-old, originally from Yorkton who now resides in Regina, was in South Carolina working games in the East Coast Hockey League and AHL. Two years ago, he worked the Memorial Cup on the lines and now has a chance to add the World Juniors to his officiating resume. Wyonzek started officiating in 2005 and after balancing minor hockey and high school football, he chose to make the full commitment to officiating and has moved up the ranks both as a referee and linesperson as a current Level 5 official.
These officials will join the rest of the staff in Edmonton Dec. 13 and quickly will get up to the speed of the World Juniors with some exhibition games prior to the official start of the tournament while being in the bubble with the teams from around the world.
Congratulations to these three officials who have been great ambassadors for officiating in Saskatchewan not only on the ice, but off it as well. Although the paths they may taken to get to this point may all be a bit different the SHA Officiating Development Program is proud of all three officials and wish them all the best as we will be watching with pride.
SHA Manager, Officiating Development