WINNIPEG, MB – Three Hockey Manitoba officials have been selected by Hockey Canada to attend the Officiating Program of Excellence (OPOE) West Regional Camp in Richmond, BC from September 25-27, 2015.
The OPOE is designed as an officiating talent identification and training program for elite officiating prospects, extending beyond Branch officiating development. The OPOE is a partnership, which includes Hockey Canada and its Member Branches, the National Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League. All partners bring together resources in order to foster a rewarding development opportunity for officials identified and trained in the OPOE.
Only 15 officials are selected from Western Canada to attend this event. Often selection for tournaments such as the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge are based on performance at the OPOE.
Selected to attend the 2015 Western OPOE are:
Brenden Burnell (Referee), Winnipeg – Brenden is a Level IV official and has experience refereeing and lining in the MHSHL, Midget AAA League, MMJHL, KJHL and the MJHL. In 2011, Burnell was selected to represent Hockey Manitoba at the Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship as a linesman. In 2013, Burnell was selected to referee at the World Sport School Challenge held in Calgary, Alt., as well as line at the Jr. B Western Canadian Championship – Keystone Cup.
Quinn Grose (Linesman), Winnipeg – Quinn is a Level IV official and has experience refereeing and lining in the Bantam and Midget AAA Leagues, KJHL, SEMHL and MJLH. Named the Most Improved Referee for the Interlake in 2012, Grose is a member of the High Performance Officiating Program and mentors younger officials.
Brett Roeland (Referee), Winnipeg – Brett is a Level IV official and has experience refereeing and lining in the Midget AAA League, MMJHL, KJHL, MJHL and the SEMHL. In 2012 & 2014, Roeland was selected to referee at Hockey Manitoba’s Program of Excellence (POE) Top 40 Camp. In 2013, he was selected to represent Hockey Manitoba as a linesman at the U17 Team West Camp and the Female Sport School Challenge where he lined the Bronze Medal game.