Three SHA Officials Receive Hockey Canada Scholarships

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - Each season Hockey Canada allows officials from coast to coast to apply for the Ken Stiles Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is available to officials who have completed high school or those who are currently attending post-secondary education. The Seaman Hotchkiss Hockey Foundation awards $12,000.00 annual to officials who apply and qualify. Saskatchewan claimed nearly half of the scholarship money this season with three scholarships recipients.

Along with the education aspect, candidates must also be a minimum Level 3 official and the male applicants must have participated in the Hockey Canada Officiating Program of Excellence at some point.

The Saskatchewan Officiating Development Program is happy to congratulate Bob Millette, Adam Forbes and Elizabeth Dornstauder on being awarded scholarships and being recognized for their contributions and efforts on the ice and dedication to schooling.

Millette, a 22-year-old referee in Regina, is a Level 5 official. He works as a referee in the WHL, CanWest, SJHL, SMU18AAAHL, PJHL, senior hockey and has also given back to the program by doing some grassroots official coaching at the lower levels and has provided support at SaskFirst camps. He was invited to the Hockey Canada OPOE Camp in 2018. Through that program he was selected to work the 2019 World Under 17 Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current in November 2019.

Millette is currently enrolled in business administration at the University of Regina heading into his fifth year majoring in management. Millette received a scholarship for $2,000.00.

Forbes, a 21-year-old official from the Saskatoon, is a Level 5 official. He works games in the CanWest SJHL, SU18AAAHL, PJHL among other leagues, and like Millette, Forbes jumped at the opportunity to give back to officials this season with work as a grassroots official coach and skating instructor for the U15 SaskFirst Regional Camp. Forbes attended the Hockey Canada OPOE camp last season.

Forbes is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering through the University of Saskatchewan.  Currently he is on a 1-year co-op internship placement with Husky Energy and taking some summer classes. January he will return to full-time classes and will be in his third year of course with a goal to finish his degree in December of 2022. Forbes received a scholarship for $2,000.00.

Dornstauder, a 21-year-old official in Regina, is a Level 3 official. She works games in Female CanWest, SFU18AAAHL, SMU18AAHL and SAAHL among other minor hockey leagues. She also works as an assistant coach and official coach within Regina and is a leader for female officials from Regina. Dornstauder was selected to lines the Esso Cup this season had it not been cancelled due to Covid-19 and made the transition from linesing to refereeing in the female AAA league this season.

Dornstauder is currently enrolled in the secondary education program, majoring in math and minoring in physical education at the University of Regina. She is heading into her fourth and final year of studies. Dornstauder received a scholarship for $1,500.00.

Congratulations to all three officials and good luck with your future studies and work on the ice as officials.

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