Cianna Lieffers Receives Kenneth R. Stiles Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Saskatchewan Hockey Association official Cianna Lieffers, who feels like she won the lottery.

It maybe wasn’t exactly the lottery, but she explained that to a student this was a very welcomed announcement. Lieffers is the latest official from Saskatchewan to win the Kenneth R. Stiles Memorial Scholarship. Lieffers, an official based out of Saskatoon, and a student at the University of Saskatchewan is a very well deserving recipient of the $4,000 from the Seaman Hotchkiss Hockey Foundation.

The scholarships are made possible through a joint participation of the Seaman Hotchkiss Hockey Foundation and Hockey Canada's Officiating Program of Excellence. The Kenneth R. Stiles Scholarships are awarded annually to officials. The goal of the scholarship program is to provide funding to help offset the cost of post-secondary education for Canada’s top young officials, supporting their efforts to complete their university and college goals, become better officials, and to reward their efforts for mentoring younger officials in the game.

Officials from across the country are encourage to apply for the OPOE Officiating Award if they meet the list of criteria which includes attending post-secondary school, in good academic standing, minimum level 3 Hockey Canada Official and a current or past participant in Hockey Canada Officiating Program of Excellence Regional Camps or National Events.

Lieffers had a very impressive season, as she was a late addition to the Esso Cup Officiating roster and went on to work the Gold Medal game at that event in Morden, Man. at the end of April. She also worked the Gold Medal game at the 2016 National Women’s U-18 Championship, which was held in Regina in November. Lieffers also travelled to Mexico in October to officiate the Olympic Qualification Prelim Round 1 Tournament.

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