MIHOA Members should plan on attending our monthly membership meetings. Membership meetings include important association announcements, updates and special programs (presentations, speakers, special guests, etc.). All meetings take place at Creve Coeur Ice Arena.
**Annual meeting and elections.
The Hockey Ref Shop is offering special discounts for MIHOA members. To view the special, download this flyer. Hockey Ref Shop carries officiating sweaters, pants, protective equipment, accessories and more.
HockeyRefShop.com was founded to give referees a better experience with their equipment. We pride ourselves on having the best prices on the internet and taking great care of our customers. All orders are shipped fast and with care.
The MIHOA Development & Education Program recently created its Advanced Development Program. The program is used to identify MIHOA officials who are ready to be challenged and to promote our members to higher-level officiating opportunities. Four MIHOA members are in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend officiating the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League U16 & U18 AAA Showcase involving some of the top-ranked teams in the country. It is very fulfilling to see MIHOA's efforts paying off at the local, regional and national level and we are excited to watch these young men continue to grow in their careers as hockey officials.
A benefit will be held for coach Mike Colombo to help with medical bills and his fight to beat cancer. Download this flyer for information.
We have received a few responses for volunteering and attending the mouse race event on Friday, September 22 and could certainly use more! Please check your calendars and come support a few of our younger officials and their father, Officer Mike Colombo. Please contact fellow official, Nick Sadorf. at (314) 401-0444 to register yourself that night as a volunteer.
Below is an image for T-shirts that they are making to commemorate Mike. They are $20 and the funds go directly to helping with Mike’s medical expenses.
To order a T-shirt, please e-mail your name, telephone number, and T-shirt size to Nick Sadorf.
The Four-official system is gaining more popularity at the higher levels of amateur, collegiate and professional hockey. Here are some resources to help MIHOA officials learn about the 4-official system.
USA Hockey Four-Official System Positioning & Mechanics Manual
Includes basic information, diagrams, descriptions and notes. To download the manual, click here.
NHL 4-Official System video
Produce by the NHL, an excellent review of positioning, mechanics, field of view during live NHL game clips.
NCAA 4-Official Guidelines
The NCAA rule book includes diagrams and descriptions of the 4-official system beginning on page 128. To download the NCAA rule book, click here.
Over the past few weeks, there have been some questions asked pertaining to some of the new rules. In an effort to answer those questions consistently and to provide our membership with the most current rules information we have assembled a FAQ memo.
Please review this information and distribute it immediately to all of your seminar instructional staffs so they are able to correctly answer these questions. Also, if you have other ways to distribute this information (i.e. newsletters, websites, etc.) please feel free to do so.
If you have any other related questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Two of our members, CJ Luetkemeyer and Kollin Knapp, recently attended the USA Hockey Officiating Program Futures Camp in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It's great to see our young members' commitment to their education and development. MIHOA continues its tradition of producing quality ice hockey officials at the local, regional and national level.
Dear MIHOA Members:
MIHOA attended the USA Hockey Annual Congress this past week alongside Missouri Hockey and the Missouri Amateur Ice Hockey Youth division representatives. Being a rule change year, the various group discussions centered on the many proposals that were put in front of the membership for ratification. While I do not have the entire summary available, here are three prominent rules that the USA Hockey Board of Directors approved for implementation:
The key reasons discussed to approve this change focused on puck possession and the development aspect of making plays. Also, many felt that allowing a team to ice the puck rewarded a team that was just penalized for an infraction.
This rule received almost unanimous approval due to the simplicity of managing the game.
This language change allows for a wider variety of poor behavior to be penalized with a game misconduct where racial/ethnic slur was more specific.
MIHOA seminar instructors will be working with USA Hockey to incorporate these and any other rule changes into the fall seminar curriculum. We will also be reaching out to the coaches to schedule time in their seminars to discuss our Zero Tolerance Initiative along with information regarding these new rules.
Lastly, due to the loss of Hardee’s Iceplex, we have been working diligently to establish our seminar dates and locations. Please visit the MIHOA website as this information has been posted and you are now able to plan ahead.
I sincerely hope your summer is an enjoyable one.