International Ice Hockey Federation

32 officials make the cut

32 officials make the cut

IIHF names referees, linesmen for Worlds

Published 25.04.2017 15:10 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
32 officials make the cut
Daniel Piechaczek will officiate his ninth IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in his home country. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The IIHF Officiating Committee has selected the 16 referees and 16 linesmen who will call the games at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

It’s not just players that need make their team rosters for the IIHF’s flagship event. The 32 on-ice officials were selected from a long list of 75 names, based on their performances at international and national competitions during the ongoing hockey season.

The line-up of on-ice officials includes a mix of veterans and young, aspiring officials. 20 of them have worked the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship before, including 16 who return from the on-ice officials’ crew at the 2016 World Championship in Russia. They combine for an experience of 61 World Championships.

12 officials – six referees and six linesmen – were named to the IIHF’s top event for the first time ever although most of them have officiated in other IIHF events, such as the IIHF World Junior Championship before.

The most experienced referee comes from one of the host countries. For Daniel Piechaczek it will be his ninth World Championship. He will be one of two Germans together with linesman Lukas Kohlmuller, who was invited for the first time.

Swiss referee Tobias Wehrli will call his eighth Worlds. He called the gold-medal games in 2015 and 2016 and will be one of three returnees from last year’s final, together with referee Roman Gofman and linesman Gleb Lazarev, both from Russia.

The most experienced linesman is Ivan Dedyulya from Belarus, who will work games at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship for the ninth time.

The officials come from 14 different countries including two non-participation countries (Austria, Netherlands). The Czech Republic and Finland lead in the number of officials with four each.

The 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will take place from 5-21 May in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.

Click here for a full list from the entire World Championship program.

Referees     Linesmen  
Lemelin, Mark  AUT     Dedyulya, Ivan  BLR  
Gouin, Oliver  CAN     Vanoosten, Nathan  CAN  
Iverson, Brett  CAN     Lhotsky, Miroslav  CZE  
Hribik, Jan  CZE     Suchanek, Libor  CZE  
Jerabek, Antonin  CZE     Jensen, Rene  DEN  
Fonselius, Stefan  FIN     Sormunen, Hannu  FIN  
Salonen, Anssi  FIN     Suominen, Sakari  FIN  
Piechaczek, Daniel  GER     Kohlmuller, Lukas  GER  
Odins, Eduards  LAT     Leermakers, Joep  NED  
Gofman, Roman  RUS     Lazarev, Gleb  RUS  
Stricker, Daniel  SUI     Otmakhov, Alexander  RUS  
Wehrli, Tobias  SUI     Kaderli, Roman  SUI  
Kubus, Jozef  SVK     Sefcik, Peter  SVK  
Linde, Marcus  SWE     Malmqvist, Andreas  SWE  
Ohlund, Linus  SWE     Oliver, Brian  USA  
Reneau, Stephen  USA     Ritter, Judson  USA  


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