SHA Referee's Division Announces Most Promising Officials
Each season Hockey Canada and the SHA honour the work of officials with three awards; Most Improved, Most Deserving and Most Promising. Along with the Hockey Canada awards, the SHA’s Referees Division also selects zone winner for those awards. This week we are going to review the four winners of the Most Promising Awards, as officials were nominated and selected from the four southern zones by the SHA Executive.
Winning the Hockey Canada Most Promising Official and the Zone 4 Most Promising Official Award was Owen Shirtliffe. Shirtliffe is an 18-year-old official from Yorkton. He has been officiating for seven seasons. This season Shirliffe worked the finals at the both the Western Canada Bantam Championship in Warman, as well as the SaskFirst Tournament in Regina. Shirtliffe works games at the bantam, midget and junior level and has a bright future of officiating a head of him.
Winning the Zone 3 Most Promising Official Award was Matt Dueck. Dueck, 18, finished his sixth season as an official and is based out of Swift Current. He, like Shirliffe, was also at the Western Canada Bantam Championship and SaskFirst Tournament this season. Dueck worked games at the Bantam AA and Female Midget AAA level this season and will look to continue his development next season.
Tanner Crozier was the Zone 2 winner of the Most Promising Official Award. Crozier was introduced to the Saskatchewan Officiating Development Model this season working games in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League as well as attending the SaskFirst Regional Camp. Crozier, who is just 16 years old, was also awarded the Regina Hockey Officials Association Most Promising Official this season.
In Zone 1, the winner of the Most Promising Official Award was Mariah Marton. Marton was a 17-year-old female official who finished her sixth season. Marton officiates out of Kipling and had an impressive season with the opportunity to work the Notre Dame Mandi Schwartz Tournament this season and is a very promising official. Marton attended the SaskFirst Regional Camp this season.
The SHA is very proud of the work of this group of young officials and wants to congratulations them all on impressive seasons and impressive futures as officials.