WINNIPEG, MB – Hockey Manitoba is proud to announce that Amy Martin (Interlake) recently obtained her Level V official status while Ben Croker (Brandon) recently obtained his Level VI official status.
Amy Martin currently officiates Canada U Sports, M-AAA and the Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League. Martin officiated at The National Women’s Under 18 Championship in Morden and Winkler from November 5th to 8th, including being given the honour of refereeing in the Gold Medal game between Team Ontario Red and Team Saskatchewan. Level 5 is the highest level of certification for female referees in the Hockey Canada Officiating Program. Female officials that obtain Level 5 Certification also become eligible to receive international assignments with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
Ben Croker has been officiating for 14 years and currently officiates in the Western Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League and Canada U Sports. In the past few years Croker has worked the Anavet Cup (Best-of-7 series between the MJHL Champions and SJHL Champions) and the Turnbull Cup (MJHL Championship) the past 5 seasons. Level 6 is the highest level for male referees in the Hockey Canada Officiating Program. Male officials that obtain Level 6 certification become eligible to receive assignments at designated IIHF competition (i.e. Memorial Cup, RBC Cup, Allan Cup, Hardy Cup, University Cup, CCAA finals, world championships, Olympics, FISU Games)
“For me when I look at who’s at the top level in Manitoba right now, it’s such a huge accomplishment to get there,” Croker said. “We have officials who’ve moved on to professional hockey in the past year, guys who have worked multiple years in the WHL playoffs, and then this year with Karlin working the World Junior A’s and Amy skating the gold medal game of a national tournament. Manitoba really has a very talented group of officials. Getting to this level and being qualified to work a national or international tournament has been a goal of mine for quite some time now, so I’m very honoured to get this opportunity.”
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