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Officials selected for Canada Winter Games

48 officials assigned to men’s and women’s hockey tournaments

Jason La Rose
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February 13, 2023
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Forty-eight officials – 24 referees and 24 linespersons – from all 10 provinces have been selected for the Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island. The men’s tournament will take place Feb. 19-25, followed by the women’s tournament from Feb. 27-March 3.

“The officials who have been selected for the Canada Winter Games should be very proud of this accomplishment,” said Dan Hanoomansingh, manager of officiating with Hockey Canada. “While it only occurs every four years, this is an important development event for our high-performance officials. If you look at many of our current top officials, they were successful at past Canada Winter Games tournaments. We have similarly high expectations for this crop of officials and are excited to see them perform on the ice.”

Officials selected for the Canada Winter Games are part of the Officiating Program of Excellence (OPOE) and attended regional camps across the country prior to their selection. This is the first season of the Women’s OPOE, presented by the Hockey Canada Foundation, which allows officials to receive mentorship and coaching prior to the final selections.

Men's Hockey Tournament
Name (Hometown) Member Role
Samuel Bélanger (Montreal, Que.) Hockey Quebec Linesperson
Noah Bouchard (Richmond, Ont.) Hockey Eastern Ontario Linesperson
Matt Boulby (Burlington, Ont.) Ontario Hockey Federation Referee
Émile Charron (Gatineau, Que.) Hockey Quebec Referee
Pierre-Olivier Couture (Upper Tantallon, N.S.) Hockey Nova Scotia Linesperson
Micah Croker (Brandon, Man.) Hockey Manitoba Referee
Christian Dawe (Bay Roberts, N.L.) Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador Referee
Adam Fitzgerald (Goulds, N.L.) Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador Referee
Tristan Forgie (Pickering, Ont.) Ontario Hockey Federation Referee
Devon Gale (Thunder Bay, Ont.) Hockey Northwestern Ontario
Linesperson
Marc Guitard (Meath Park, Sask.) Hockey Saskatchewan Linesperson
Matt Hanson (Fredericton, N.B.) Hockey New Brunswick Linesperson
Alex Homer (Edmonton, Alta.) Hockey Alberta Referee
Nathan Howes (Burnaby, B.C.) BC Hockey Linesperson
Yannick Jobin-Manseau (Mascouche, Que.) Hockey Quebec Referee
Josh Miko (Winnipeg, Man.) Hockey Manitoba Linesperson
Dylan Ouellet (Okotoks, Alta.) Hockey Alberta Linesperson
Justin Primeau (Saskatoon, Sask.) Hockey Saskatchewan Linesperson
Luke Pye (Essex, Ont.) Ontario Hockey Federation Linesperson
Jack Robinson (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) Hockey PEI Referee
Hunter Rose (Sackville, N.S.) Hockey Nova Scotia Referee
Nick Selkirk (Barrie, Ont.) Ontario Hockey Federation Referee
Brayden Stewart (Mission, B.C.) BC Hockey Referee
Dawson Wood (Fredericton, N.B.) Hockey New Brunswick Linesperson

Women's Hockey Tournament
Name (Hometown) Member Role
Gillian Allan (Stittsville, Ont.) Ontario Women's Hockey Association Linesperson
Jodi Anderson (Neepawa, Man.) Hockey Manitoba Linesperson
Hazel Barthel (Vancouver, B.C.) BC Hockey Linesperson
Tara Benard-Rae (Mississauga, Ont.) Ontario Women's Hockey Association Referee
Ali Beres (North Vancouver, B.C.) Ontario Women's Hockey Association
Linesperson
Alyssa Best (Grand Lake, N.B.) Hockey New Brunswick Referee
Hillary Brennan (London, Ont.) Ontario Women's Hockey Association
Referee
Hayley Butz (Stony Plain, Alta.) Hockey Alberta Referee
Cynthia Côté (La Broquerie, Man.) Hockey Manitoba
Referee
Ellen Dixon (North River, P.E.I.) Hockey PEI Referee
Elizabeth Dornstauder (Regina, Sask.) Hockey Saskatchewan Referee
Audrey-Anne Girard (Montreal, Que.) Hockey Quebec Referee
Ninon Jouan (Québec, Que.) Hockey Quebec
Linesperson
Hannah Graham (Judique, N.S.) Hockey Nova Scotia Linesperson
Amy Laroche (Victoriaville, Que.) Hockey Quebec
Linesperson
Madison Pendleton (Dieppe, N.B.) Hockey New Brunswick Linesperson
Dakota Peterson (Battleford, Sask.) Hockey Saskatchewan Linesperson
Melinda Prévost (Montreal, Que.) Hockey Quebec Referee
Jillian Purcell (Saint John, N.B.) Hockey New Brunswick Referee
Kennedy Roblin (Sherwood Park, Alta.) Hockey Alberta Linesperson
Meaghan Ross (Kelowna, B.C.) BC Hockey Referee
Shadei Saade (Laval, Que.) Hockey Quebec Linesperson
Kaitlyn Sauser (Churchbridge, Sask.) Hockey Saskatchewan Linesperson
Katy Thorne (Kamloops, B.C.) BC Hockey Referee

Gabrielle Ariano-Lortie (Laval, Que.), Corey Hayne (Antigonish, N.S.) and Vanessa Stratton (Windsor, Ont.) will join Hanoomansingh as officiating coaches.

All selected officials are leaders in their Member leagues and high-performance programs, and being selected for Canada Winter Games is not only an accomplishment for the official, but also a credit to their Member and local development programs.

“Our program is for anyone who is interested in officiating, from the grassroots to the international game,” says Hanoomansingh. “Hockey Canada's 13 Members provide a path for anyone to participate in officiating, develop a love for the game and achieve their goals.

Officials are integral to the game, enforcing the standard of safe and fair play in arenas from coast to coast to coast. No matter what the level, without officials, there is no game.”

For more information about the Hockey Canada Officiating Program, visit HockeyCanada.ca/Officials.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

emadziya@hockeycanada.ca 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

jknight@hockeycanada.ca

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