John Jacobs: 1954-2019

RED DEER - John Jacobs, an Honoured Member of the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and a Life Member of the Hockey Alberta Referee Council, passed away on Thursday, May 30 at the age of 65.

John’s officiating career begin in 1967. Over the course of his career, John obtained a Level 4L the highest ranking a linesman can achieve. He worked numerous national and international events, including serving as a linesman in six Viking Cups and several Team Canada Cups. Off the ice, John worked as a supervisor at three Viking Cups, and once at the Royal Bank Cup.

John’s list of contributions to officiating in Alberta is a lengthy one, starting in 1982 when he began instructing at the Hockey Alberta Officiating Development Camp, and was the Development Camp Coordinator for over 10 years, with 25 years of involvement with the camp. He was the Chair of the North Central Zone Referees Committee for four seasons, followed by six seasons as Hockey Alberta’s Referee Council Chair. He also served as a member of Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors, as the officials’ representative.

John’s decades of work with officials in Alberta was recognized with a number of awards, including Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Development Award (2004), the Ernie Boruk Award (2008), and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation Award (2008).

John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna; his daughters Terine (Derek) Forrester and Penny (Scotte) Titus; sister Val (Merv) Zwicker; mother-in-law Betty Hansen; sisters-in-law Carol (John) Zerkee and Larraine Hansen; brothers-in-law Ted Hansen and Tim (Sandra) Hansen, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

For his contributions to hockey in Alberta, John was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. And he was honoured as an Officials’ Life Member in 2011. Officials are encouraged to wear their uniforms, and golfers and encouraged to wear their golf shirts.

Donations in John’s memory can be made to Stettler Minor Hockey, the Stettler Food Bank, or another charity of your own choice.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on Friday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. in his hometown of Stettler, at the arena where John spent so many of his weekends.

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North Region Golf Tournament

The 2019 North Region Golf event will be held June 15 at the Athabasca Golf and Country Club, with a shotgun start at 1 pm. This event is open to all North Region members and guests. Price is $108.44 per golfer. Included with your entry:

  • Charter bus to a pickup location in North and South Edmonton
  • 18 holes of golf with power cart
  • Dinner following the round
  • Door prizes

Registration is a two-step process, and both steps must be completed for your registration to be accepted:

1. Register for the tournament by clicking the Register Here button and filling out the Registration Form. 


2. After registration is complete, you will be emailed an invoice from the North Region that can be paid by credit card. 

If you have any questions please email

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North East Region officials presented with awards

Rob Larson presenting Vince Nelson with a Leo E. Wurtz Award

Rob Larson presenting Vince Nelson of Marwayne with a Leo E. Wurtz Award

James Babenek presenting Layne Flad a Rob Centazzo Memorial Award

James Babenek presenting Layne Flad of Provost a Rob Centazzo Memorial Award

Kelly Pauls presenting Jesse Bratrud a Rob Centazzo Memorial Award

Kelly Pauls presenting Jesse Bratrud of Viking a Rob Centazzo Memorial Award


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Brown earns AFHL Scholarship

AFHL Scholarship - Official

Mikala Brown (Northern Lakes College, Paramedic)

Mikala is 21 years old and grew up in Lloydminster, but currently resides in Cold Lake. She began officiating hockey when she was 12 years old, and became a level three official as well as a instructor when she was 18. Mikala currently works all levels of minor hockey, as well as male Junior B and men’s Senior AA. She graduated from her primary care paramedic program in 2017 and currently works for Cold Lake Ambulance. In the fall of 2019 Mikala will be attending the Advanced Care Paramedic program at Northern Lakes College. 

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2019 Officials Elite Summer Camp

RED DEER - Applications are now being accepted to attend the 2019 Officials Elite Summer Camp, July 19-21 in Red Deer.

In partnership with the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Hockey Alberta is offering a three-day development camp for officials at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, in conjunction with Hockey Alberta’s 2019 AJHL Development Camp.

Camp staff includes NHL Referee Kyle Rehman, former Olympic Referee Kevin Acheson, and former World Championship Linesman Dean Lachowski.

Apply Now >

There is no fee to apply for the Officials Elite Summer Camp. Successful applicants will be charged $495 to register (includes GST). The registration fee includes meals and accommodations.

*Preference will be given to those who have attended Development Camp.

The deadline to apply is May 19. For more information, please contact Curtis Nichols at

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Alberta Cup Officials announced

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the nine Officials selected to work the 2019 Alberta Cup.

Stephen Doane (Calgary), Quinn Dunnigan (St. Albert), Nick Fedori (Edmonton), Aidan Forester (Okotoks), Kent Hanna (Medicine Hat), Mike Knoblauch (St. Albert), Chris Lopes (Calgary), Kael Maltais (Spruce Grove) and Tyson Phillips (Lethbridge) will all take the next step in their officiating careers.

The Alberta Cup is the first step in the Hockey Alberta Official’s Development Program. The nine Officials were selected based on their performance at the three Alberta Cup Regional Camps recently held in Blackfalds, Calgary and Spruce Grove.

The 2019 Alberta Cup runs April 25-28 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Red Deer.

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2019 Allan Cup kicks off in Lacombe

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the nine Albertan Officials selected to work the 2019 Allan Cup.

Referees Cody Rude (Leduc), Colin Stefanyk (Red Deer), Colin Watt (Edmonton), and Kevin Webinger (Calgary), and linesmen Ethan Cronkhite (Beaumont), Aidan Henderson (Calgary), Cody Huseby (Red Deer), Przemek Iwaniec (Calgary) and Ryan Petryshyn (Edmonton) are among those selected to work the annual national Senior AAA championship.


Colin Watt – Hometown is Edmonton, Refereeing for 15+ seasons, last 10 in the WHL. Has worked the 2013 Allan Cup, 2015 and 2018 Jr.A Nationals (Royal Bank Cup), and 2017 and 2019 USports Nationals (CIS), and multiple AJHL league finals.

Kevin Webinger – Hometown is Calgary, Refereeing for 18 years, obtained his Level 6 in 2015, has been refereeing in the WHL, AJHL and Usports (CIS) for 9 season and Para-Ice Hockey since 2011, working the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Korea.

Colin Stefanyk – Hometown is Red Deer, been refereeing for 20+ seasons, obtaining his Level 6 in 2017. He’s worked the AJHL finals 6 times, Doyle Cup 3 times and refereed at the Western Canada Cup in 2016, Allan Cup in 2018, and World Jr.A Challenge in 2018. He also worked the USports Canada West Finals in 2018 and CJHL Top Prospects game in 2019, in Okotoks.

Cody Rude – Hometown is Edmonton, been officiating for 24 years. Attended the Allan Cup in 2018, Royal Bank Cup 2015, World Jr.A Challenge in 2015, and has worked 7 AJHL Finals.


Ethan Cronkhite – Hometown is Lloydminster, currently living in Beaumont. Refereeing for 15 years, with 5+ seasons working WHL, CIS, and Jr.A. Notable assignments include the Telus Cup in 2012, World U17 Championship in 2017, and WHL Canada vs Russia series in 2016.

Ryan Petryshyn – Hometown is Edmonton, been an official for 26 years, working the AJHL and Senior AAA for 15+ seasons, working numerous league finals at both levels.

Aidan Henderson – Hometown is Airdrie, been an official for 24 years, 12 in the WHL and 14 in the AJHL, working the AJHL league finals 3 times and the Western Canada Cup in 2015.

Cody Huseby – Hometown is Rocky Mountain House, currently living in Red Deer. He’s been an official for 20+ seasons, working the WHL for 10 season, AJHL and Senior AAA for 13 seasons. On the National and International stage Cody worked the U17 World Championships in 2009, Telus Cup 2009, Royal Bank cup 2011, Allan Cup 2013, Gretzky-Hlinka U17 Tournament 2018 and most recently the 2019 U20 Div II Group A World Championships in Estonia.

Przemek Iwaniec – Hometown is Wroclaw, Poland, currently living in Calgary. He’s been an official for 15 years, currently working Usports, WHL, ACAC, and AJHL as a linesman. Notable assignments include the 2018 AJHL finals, 2018 Doyle Cup, 2018 World Jr.A Challenge, and 2019 Midget AAA Pacific Championships as a Referee.

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Six Albertans selected for 2019 U Sports Nationals

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the six Albertans selected to work the 2019 U Sports Men’s and Women’s National Championships.

Referees Chris Crich (Airdrie) and Colin Watt (Edmonton), along with Linesmen Michael Roberts (Calgary), Chad Huseby (Red Deer), and Deion Foster (Edmonton), will all officiate at the U Sports Men’s National Championship in Lethbridge.

On the female side, Referee Lacey Senuk (St. Albert) was chosen for the U Sports Female National Championships in Charlottetown, PE.

Both National Championships run March 14-17.

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Seven Alberta Officials selected for Canada Winter Games

RED DEER - Hockey Alberta would like to congratulate the seven officials selected to represent the province on the Road to Red Deer at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Referees Mason Stewart (Calgary) and Austin Weisgerber (Medicine Hat), and linesman Derek Bandstra (Calgary) will be part of the officiating crew during the male hockey competition in the first week of the Canada Games.

For the female hockey competition in week two, referees Cassandra Gregory (Edmonton) and Jessica Trombley (Sherwood Park), and linesmen Megan French (Coaldale) and Kelsey Hagan (Calgary) will all take to the ice to officiate.

Earning the opportunity to work at a national event such as the Canada Winter Games is a significant accomplishment in an official’s career, and recognizes dedication, perseverance and commitment towards officiating.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games run February 14 - March 3 in Red Deer.

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