CHARLOTTETOWN – Hockey P.E.I. announced on Wednesday morning that two of its on-ice officials have been rewarded with national and international assignments.
Summerside native Mary McKinnon and Tim Hamel, who resides in Cornwall, were recently selected by Hockey Canada.
McKinnon has been assigned as a referee for the 2012 national female under-18 championship from Nov. 7 to 11.
Hamel will not have to venture far for his international assignment as a referee in Yarmouth, N.S., where he will be working the 2012 World Junior A Hockey Challenge from Nov. 5 to 11.
“Each season it is our goal to have officials be assigned to these types of national and international championships,” said Hockey P.E.I. referee-in-chief Troy Howatt. “Such assignments are a great motivator for the provincial officiating program, and an opportunity to reward officials for their hard work and success.
“We are pleased to have Mary and Tim selected for these championships”.
In Dawson Creek, B.C., McKinnon will officiate the best under-18 female players in the country that will make up the eight regional teams, including Team Atlantic.
McKinnon, who was a prominent player in the female game and played at Niagara University in the United States, has made great strides in recent years after jumping into the officiating ranks.
McKinnon is a Level 4 official with the Hockey Canada Officiating Program, and worked the lines at the 2012 Esso Cup national midget female championship in Charlottetown.
Hamel will be working a tournament that consists of the best junior A players in the world, including Canada Team East and Team West along with teams representing the United States, Russia, Switzerland and Czech Republic.
A former defenceman in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) with the Summerside Western Capitals and Charlottetown Abbies, Hamel is a Level 6 official with the Hockey Canada Officiating Program, and a current member of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League officiating staff.
Hamel will be part of a 12-man officiating team – six referees and six linesman – at the international event.