A look at some of the campers from our inaugural 2019 camp.
Hometown: Springfield, MO
In his own words:
I am a high school sophomore living in Springfield, Missouri. Springfield is a decent sized town but it only has one hockey rink with two sheets of ice. Since I have to rely on my parents for transportation, I am not able to travel up to St. Louis often but when I do, I am able to officiate quite a bit each weekend. As a young official, I use these games to focus on becoming a better official more than to just get paid. I played a lot of different sports as a kid but then found hockey at age 10 and I have loved it ever since. I started officiating when is was 13.
When high school hockey was happening, I didn’t officiate many games because I was out of town every weekend with no free time. But I still found time to officiate some, and was lucky enough to get an assignment for a Blue Note Cup state championship game which went to OT and was the most exciting game I’ve ever worked. My planned future right now is to attend college in St. Louis because all the colleges in St. Louis look really good. I would also like to pursue being a linesman at a higher level of hockey.
The Tim Peel Referee Camp is a top-notch officiating camp and you will get the feedback that you need if you want to be a better official. I want to give a big thanks to Tim Peel, Andy Hudson, and all the people that helped set up last year’s camp and are in the process of setting up this year’s camp. I lastly want to say thank you to all of the Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association mentors and evaluators that have attended my games and provided feedback because you guys made me the official I am today. I am excited to keep working on learning how to be a better official, and can’t wait until camp this summer.
Hometown: Fenton, MO
Alex started officiating at the age of 12. He is currently 17 years old and is a level 3 official. He has officiated more than 150 games during the 2019-20 season including games at the AA and AAA level. Alex also played Varsity Hockey for Fox High School this past season. He began skating at age 4 and has played at the AA level from Squirts through Midgets at the Meramec Sharks Hockey Club. Alex has an 11-year-old sister Alaina who plays hockey for the Meramec Sharks and the Lady Cyclones. She wants to be an official also!
Alex is a junior at Fox High School where he participated in the CAP program through Jefferson College making him a full-time college student also. Alex is a member of the National Honor Society and is in Spanish club. He holds a green belt in Krav Maga self defense and is an apprentice instructor at Xtreme Krav Maga. Alex has played piano for about eight years and enjoys playing classical, jazz and epic themed music. Alex plans to attend the UMKC and major in Pre-Dentistry Biology. He also plans to continue to officiate ice hockey while attending school there.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys hanging out with his friends, gaming, working out and going Airsofting. Or you might find him just relaxing and hanging out with his cat Lexi while listening to music. When time allows, Alex still enjoys serving mass at church.
Birthplace: Utica, NY
Current Hometown: O'Fallon, MO
In his own words:
I grew up in Utica, New York and played a few sports as a kid but primarily focused and spent most of my time playing hockey because I loved the sport so much. I played through high school and played club hockey in college. I started officiating when I was 15 years old as a way to earn some money on the weekends: I felt like it would be a very enjoyable “job” where I could still be on the ice skating around while making a little bit of money. Little did I realize that 10 years down the road I would still be doing this and even thinking about taking my officiating to the next level.
I moved to the St. Louis area in 2019 to finish up my undergrad degree and decided to try and work some hockey games on the side just to make a little money. I was absolutely blown away with how much hockey is out here in this part of the country. I really believe that if you want to take your officiating to the next level, then this part of the country provides great opportunities to do that. With the amount of hockey – and especially the amount of high-level hockey in the Midwest – I believe there is a lot of opportunity to continue to move up the ladder.
I think that all of the instructors and mentors with the Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association deserve a huge shoutout. They give their time to help the young officials, they really do a great job at guiding all of the officials, and helping them reach their maximum potential.