Five (5) officials have been chosen to represent Manitoba at Hockey Canada’s U16, U17 and U18 Tournaments in the upcoming weeks, which include: 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.
The 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup taking place in Calgary from October 28th to November 1st. The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup features the highest-rater players born in 2000 from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge taking place in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C from October 30th to November 7th. This year the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players in the world born in 1999 or later. The three (3) Canadian teams (Red, White, Black) will be joined by the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States.
The 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship taking place in Huntsville, Ontario from November 4th to 8th. The National Women’s Under-18 Championship gathers teams made up of the best female hockey players in the under 18 age category from provincial and regional teams which include Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario Blue, Ontario Red, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
Selected to attend the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup:
Nicholas Fisher (Referee), Winnipeg – A level III official, Nicholas has experience refereeing in the MMHL, CIS-W, MCAAA and B1AAA. He also has experience lining in the MJHL, MMJHL, KJHL, CIS-W, MMHL and MSHL. Nicholas has experience refereeing and lining in many league semi-finals and finals series. He was also awarded the Most Promising Official Award (SWHA) in 2010, as well as the Most Deserving Official Award (SWHA) in 2011. Nicholas has been the Referee Assignment Director for the SWHA since 2013 and he has recently been certified to be a Hockey Manitoba Clinic Instructor in 2015.
Lucas Szczepanski (Linesman), Winnipeg – A level IV official, Lucas has experience refereeing and lining in Midget AAA, Junior B, Senior A and Junior A. Lucas is a member of the High Performance Officiating Program and is a Hockey Manitoba Mentor to younger officials. Some of his top assignments include referring the bantam Provincial Champion in 2013, referring High school Provincial AAAA Championship in 2013 and 2015, lining Senior A Provincial Championship in 2015 and lining the Midget AAA Telus Western Championship in 2015 and was selected to line the gold medal game.
Selected to attend the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge:
Karlin Krieger (Referee), Winnipeg – A level V official, Karlin has experience refereeing in Midget AAA, Junior B, Junior A and CIS. He was selected to ref at the Keystone Cup and Official Program of Excellence in 2013, as well as the Telus Cup West Regional Final in 2015. Karlin is also a certified Hockey Manitoba instructor and mentor for the Winnipeg region.
Jeremie Gauvin (Linesman), Winnipeg – A level IV official, Jeremie has experience lining in MB Midget AAA, KJHL, SEMHL, MMJHL, MJHL and CIS. Jeremie has lined in the 2012 Midget AAA Telus Cup Western Regional, 2013 Western Canadian Junior B Keystone Cup, 2014 Crescent Point Western Canada Cup and 2015 Royal Bank Cup where he lined the semi-final game. In 2012 Jeremie was the Referee in Chief of St. Boniface Minor Hockey Association, the Co-supervisor for the Program of Excellence in 2013 and the Co-supervisor for the Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championships in 2014. In 2012 he was selected as the Most Promising Official in the Winnipeg Region.
Selected to attend the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship:
Kaylah Krieger (Linesperson), Yellowhead – A level III official, Kaylah has experience in lining all levels of hockey including Women’s CIS and Male Midget AAA. In 2012, Kaylah lined the gold medal game for the Western Shield Championship (Senior Women). In 2012 and 2013, she lined the gold medal games for the Mandi Schwartz Female AAA Tournament. In 2014 she lined the gold medal game for the Hockey Canada Female World Sports School Challenge and most recently in she was chosen to attend the 2015 Canada Winter Game in Prince George, B.C.