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Advanced Officiating Symposium

July 26-28, 2019
Bloomington, Minnesota


Symposium Information

Who Can Attend?

Any official who has been completely registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for each of the previous three seasons and would like to obtain "TENURED" status with the USA Hockey Officiating Program.

What Are The Tenured Status Requirements?

Candidates for "TENURED" status must attend the entire Advanced Officiating Symposium. Information regarding additional requirements and benefits will be distributed at the event. Attendees will be required to check-in throughout the event, and check-out upon exiting. Failure to do so at any point during the event will prohibit receiving your “TENURED” status.

Where can I stay?

The Minneapolis Airport Marriott is offering a discounted group rate of $135 plus applicable taxes. The special Symposium rates are being offered for extended stays up to three days prior and three days after the event according to availability. The cut-off date for reservations is July 5, 2019. A link and booking info will be included in the confirmation email.

Forum Information

General Sessions

Each presentation will be 30-60 minutes in length and include discussion on all aspects of officiating the game of hockey. The presenters will be prominent officials from the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) along with experts in other fields pertinent to officiating.

Tentative Schedule

26 Jul, 2019

Registration/Check in

Friday, July 26, 2019

10 : 00 AM - 2 : 00 PM

General Session

Friday, July 26, 2019

2 : 00 PM - 7 : 30 PM

Welcome Reception

Friday, July 26, 2019

8 : 00 PM - 10 : 00 PM

27 JUL, 2019

General Session

Saturday, July 27, 2019

8 : 30 AM - 12 : 00 PM

Lunch (on your own)

Saturday, July 27, 2019

12 : 00 PM - 1 : 30 PM

General Session

Saturday, July 27, 2019

1 : 30 PM - 7 : 00 PM

28 JUL, 2019

General Session

Sunday, July 28, 2019

8 : 30 AM - 2 : 00 PM

Our Speakers

Kevin Collins

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Linesman

Dennis LaRue

4-Time Olympic Referee

Brian Murphy

29-Year NHL Linesman

Don Adam

Supervisor of Officials
National Collegiate Hockey Conference

Joe Bertagna

Commissioner, Hockey

Joy Johnston

Ice Hockey United Kingdom
Referee-in-Chief and
Director of Officiating
IIHF Referee Supervisor

Konstantin Komissarov

Manager Manager of Officiating International
Ice Hockey Federation

Dave LaBuda

National Referee-in-Chief,
USA Hockey

Brian Mach

18-year NHL Linesman

Timothy Mayer

IIHF and AHL Referee, 2018
Olympic Referee

Andy McElman

23-year NHL Linesman
SPHL Director of Officiating

Steve McInchak

NCAA Referee

Thor Nelson

21-year NHL Linesman
North Dakota Referee-in-Chief

Brian Pochmara

16-year NHL Referee

Chris Rooney

19-year NHL Referee

Pat Richardson


Dr. Mike Stuart

USA Hockey
Chief Medical Officer

Melissa Szkola

IIHF Referee
2018 Olympic Referee

Matt Van Dyke

Associate Director of Applied Sport Science
– University of Texas

Ian Walsh

19-year NHL Referee

Scott Zelkin

Manager, USA Hockey
Junior Officiating
Development Program


Role of the Tenured Official
The Referee - Unique Skill Set
The Linesman – Not as Simple as You Think
Hope vs Courage
Communication / Report
4 - Official System
Health & Wellness for the Amateur Official
Managing Aggression
Controlling Emotions
Tough Calls - What Did You Learn
Ya Blew It – Dealing with Mistakes
Opportunities in Officiating Leadership
Path to Officiating Success
Safety – The Official’s Role
History of the Rules – The Modern Game
Integrity, Pride and Image
Integrity, Pride and Image
Technology – Is it Changing Officiating


July 26-28, 2019


Minneapolis Airport Marriott
2020 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425

Cost - Early Bird

$425 Early Bird
(register prior to
January 1, 2019)

Cost - Registration

$475 Registration
(register on or after
January 1, 2019)


Registration fees include symposium material and access to all symposium receptions and events. To register, please enter your Officials Number and Last Name. Payment is required at time of registration.

















Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations in the form of a completed Symposium Refund Form must be received in order to confirm cancellation. Verbal cancellations will not be accepted. The Symposium Refund Form can be found at usahockey.com/tenuredofficial

A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for all approved refund requests received prior to July 5, 2019

Cancellations received on or after July 5, 2019, will not be refunded.

For More Information

For more information on the 2018 USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium please visit usahockey.com/tenuredofficial.