AHRA Mentorship Program

The Expectations for MENTORS

  • Commitment to meet new officials at the seminar they attend or shortly afterwards

  • Help facilitate completion of all USA Hockey registration requirements

  • Assist the new official in navigating the assignment/availability process (Arbiter)

  • Maintain regular contact with the officials through text, phone, email, etc

  • Be available to answer questions and provide guidance for situations that come up either on or off the ice

  • Work with assignors to provide continuing opportunity and a progressive development ladder

  • Stay in contact during the off-season and remind them of the necessary registration steps for the next season while continuing to be a valuable mentor resource throughout their development

 

The Expectations for MENTEES & NEW OFFICIALS

  • Review the available mentors below and email one that you feel would be most beneficial to you. If you are under the age of 18, copy your parent or legal guardian on the email.

  • Embrace your mentor and utilize their experience as a means to make your participation as an official easier and more enjoyable

  • Commit to work hard, on and off the ice, to maximize your performance in a manner that sets you up for success

  • Use the resources available to you to be a student of the game

  • Especially when you had a bad day on the ice, contact your mentor to discuss and work through the solutions to help avoid similar situations

  • Give officiating a chance

  • Always be respectful and remember to thank your mentor. These individuals are volunteering their time to help you

  

The Bottom Line  

  • Improved registration completion rates with brand new officials

  • Improved opportunities with new officials to work with assignors and have the opportunity to get on the ice

  • Improved environment for brand new officials to work their first several games which enhances the chance for success and enjoyment

  • Improved retention rates for brand new officials, growth in overall officiating numbers, and the percentage of experienced officials

  • Opportunities for intermediate officials in networking with local senior referees to continue in their advancement

  • Provide a positive resource for more experienced officials to support each other, on and off the ice  

Available Mentors in Arizona

Bobby Chan

Hello, I'm Bobby Chan. This will be my 19th season refereeing. I'm originally from Minnesota & moved to Arizona in 1993. I have officiated from Mites all through to NCAA hockey. I have also worked my way through the Coaching levels of USA Hockey. I am a Level 4 Certified Coach going on my 9th season coaching. I'm very passionate about the game of hockey & look forward in helping out younger or established officials in any aspects with the game of hockey.

 

Rinks that I frequent:

AZ Ice Peoria

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Brooke Blaylock

Hi, my name is Brooke and I have been an official for 5 years! I have been in love with the sport of hockey for over 20 years and started as an inline official at the age of 14 and have been doing it ever since. I love helping newer officials learn all about the position and help them work towards their goals. I am currently working towards my goal of obtaining my level 4 certification and getting the opportunity to officiate higher level tournaments. It would be my pleasure to assist you on your officiating journey! I look forward to meeting you and learning about your goals!

Rinks that I frequent:

Arcadia Ice Arena

AZ Ice Peoria

Gila River Arena

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Patrick Burton

My name is Patrick Burton, and I've been an active USA Hockey and American Collegiate Hockey Association official within the Phoenix metropolitan area for the past 4 years. Before moving out here for college, I also called games in the Chicagoland area for about 6 years. I'm a soon-to-be graduate of Arizona State University, where I am finishing up my Aeronautics and Professional Flight studies, with aspirations of becoming an airline pilot in the near future. Outside of academics, being involved in the hockey officiating community has been a continuously important objective of mine. With this new Mentorship Program, I hope to be able to pass on some useful tips, knowledge, and general guidance onto our newer officials. I look forward to meeting all of you during this upcoming season.

Rinks that I frequent:

Arcadia Ice Arena

AZ Ice Gilbert

Ice Den Chandler

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Paul Edelstein

Welcome to an exciting new avenue in USA Hockey. If you enjoy being competitive playing hockey you will enjoy the high energy competitive nature of officiating. You have to work just as hard if not harder to maintain a professional level while you’re on the ice.

Rinks that I frequent:

AZ Ice Gilbert

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Ryan Westfall

Welcome to the Zebra brotherhood! My name is Ryan Westfall, contact me anytime. I'm originally from Michigan, moved to Arizona about a year ago. This is my fourth year officiating, with experience doing hundreds of games. Happy to help however I can!

Rinks that I frequent:

Arcadia Ice Arena

AZ Ice Gilbert

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Mathew Sabicer

Hey, this is Mat. I’m a flight nurse and live in Flagstaff. Most of my games I officiate are in Flagstaff, but I do make my way to the valley from time to time. I’d be willing to travel down there and do some games with the mentee, as well as evaluate from the stands if the mentee was focused and devoted. I’ve been officiating all levels of hockey since I was 15 years old. This will be my 25th season officiating. I currently officiate games at every level except for pro. Every time I lace up the skates I remember how much fun it is and that’s why I continue to officiate. Helping the newer officials, regardless of what age, while sharing my knowledge, experiences, and passion for the game would be an honor. Remember, we are all here because we have a passion for doing this and it’s fun. Always wear a smile and keep it honest.

Rinks that I frequent:

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Jay Lively Activity Center (Flagstaff)

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Robert Wolf

This will be my 18th season as a referee.  I have been introducing new officials to hockey refereeing for the last twelve years, mostly by shadowing them in their early games and conducting referee evaluations.  My reffing career began in Colorado where I worked for six years, then Tucson/Phoenix for three years, back to Colorado for six more years, and the last two seasons here in Phoenix.  (I have also done “guest appearances” in Utah, Wyoming, Wichita and Massachusetts.)  My 2000+ games experience is split 1/3 adult and 2/3 youth. Of the youth games, about half is in the two-man system and half is in the three/four-man system.  In the three/four-man system I’m the referee about 25% and a linesman about 75%.

Rinks that I frequent:

AZ Ice Gilbert

Ice Den Chandler

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Jeremy Lackey

My name is Jeremy Lackey, I am 29 years old and entering my 3rd full season as an official here in Arizona. I was born and raised in Chicago, before moving to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. After college I moved back to Chicago, but quickly realized Arizona was my home. I have a beautiful wife and a young daughter, who are my world outside of my enjoyment for golf and hockey. As an official with only a few years of experience, I know how crucial having a mentor is to finding success and comfort on the ice. I look forward to seeing and meeting new faces around the rink or in the locker rooms, and working some games together. If you see me, please don't hesitate to say hi and introduce yourself!

Rinks that I frequent:

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Russell Brooks

My name is Russell and I have been a referee in Arizona for 11 years. I am looking to mentor referees who are looking to grow their career into the upper ranks of competitive hockey. If you are willing to work hard, take feedback, and accept that you will never ref the perfect game, I am willing to assist you.

Rinks that I frequent:

Arcadia Ice Arena

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Jake Herzog

I am a 22 year old official. Having good mentors and frequent evaluations has been very helpful for me. I want to share some things that I've learned with other developing officials to help to improve Arizona officiating. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Rinks that I frequent:r

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Drew Gaggin

I started reffing 20 years ago, when I was 11 years old, and it has been a huge part of my growth and development as both a hockey lover and as an adult. I have experience reffing high level hockey all over the country and its my pleasure to share what I’ve learned with the next generation of referees.

Rinks that I frequent:

Arcadia Ice Arena

AZ Ice Peoria

Ice Den Chandler

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Tyler Childers

I'm Tyler Childers, I started reffing when I was 14 in Alaska, so I have been reffing on and off for almost 15 years now. Starting that young, I know first hand that being a younger ref is intimidating and challenging. There are a lot of unknowns in the reffing world and the best way to learn is to jump in there and make mistakes. I want to make myself available for younger refs to help them learn from these mistakes without getting discouraged or wanting to quit.

Rinks that I frequent:

Arcadia Ice Arena

Ice Den Chandler

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Josh Keating

This will be my 8th year officiating games, prior to this I was a scorekeeper for 2 years. I love watching as well as being involved in hockey. I want to get involved to help new officials get off on a good foot when they being and to help increase the rate at which officials come back and continue working games.

Rinks that I frequent:

AZ Ice Gilbert

Ice Den Chandler

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Jakob Kehr

Hi, to introduce myself, my name is Jakob, and this will be my 9th season reffing hockey. I have been lucky enough over the last few seasons to get the opportunity to get some experience working in the junior and college ranks. I live in the Mesa/Gilbert area. Outside of reffing hockey I am a Senior at ASU. I am studying to be an airline pilot and am currently a flight instructor. I look forward to helping you in anyway I can, and I hope you all have a great season.

Rinks that I frequent:

AZ Ice Gilbert

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Gabe Lomen

Hello, my name is Gabe Lomen. I have been an official with USA hockey for 8 seasons. I currently am working locally in Arizona while traveling to work in the North American Hockey League. I am very greatful for the opportunity that USA hockey has given me and I hope to be able to give all of my knowledge to the next generation of officials.

 

Rinks that I frequent:

Arcadia Ice Arena

Ice Den Scottsdale​

Oceanside Ice Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Advanced (Travel/Tier I Hockey)

Robert Black

30 years as an Official.

Rinks that I frequent:

AZ Ice Peoria

Gila River Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

Intermediate (Travel/Tier II Hockey)

Trevor Young

Hello, after working as an on-ice shadow partner for new officials this past season, I found that being able to help young refs gain their footing and become comfortable with where to be and how to handle on-ice situations, it became clear that I really enjoy working with new young officials. I place an emphasis on being in good position, which gives you the best opportunity to make good, consistent calls. I will be entering my 12th year as an on-ice official, most of which was in the Boston area, working games up through the high school level, and a lot of travel leagues. I welcome the opportunity to pass my knowledge on to the next generation of officials.

Rinks that I frequent:

AZ Ice Peoria

Gila River Arena

Levels of hockey I prefer to mentor:

Beginner (Cross Ice/House Hockey)

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