International Ice Hockey Federation

19 officials named

19 officials named

First Women’s Worlds in “four-man system”

Published 22.10.2014 16:29 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
19 officials named
The referee gets set to drop the puck during USA vs. Sweden semi-final game at the 2014 Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament in Sochi. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The IIHF has named 373 officials from 41 countries for the World Championship program including 19 who will officiate in Malmo.

The 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will be the first IIHF women’s tournament that will be officiated with four officials calling each game – two referees and two linesmen.

Until 2014 only the top-two levels in the men’s senior category and the top level of the U20 and U18 categories as well as the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournaments have been officiated with four instead of three officials assigned for each game.

Speed has been the determining factor in increasing the number of officials to allow a high quality of officiating and after the development of top-level women’s hockey in the recent years, the annual flagship event in international women’s hockey will also be officiated by four officials.

The IIHF Officiating Committee suggested the change earlier this year and the system was successfully tested in July during the 2014 IIHF Women’s High Performance Camp before the change was approved by the IIHF Council following the evaluation process.

With the change the IIHF assigned ten referees (up from six) and nine linesmen to officiate at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship including three from the host country with referees Gabriella Gran and Katarina Timglas, and linesman Veronica Johansson.

The start of the new Olympic cycle with the four-man system means many fresh faces. Only three referees have officiated at top-level Women’s Worlds or Olympics before with Nicole Hertich (GER, 7), Marie Picavet (FRA, 2) and Anna Eskola (SUI, 1) while the other referees gave their recommendation at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship or at lower divisions of women’s senior events.

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Referees     Linesmen  
Ariano-Lortie, Gabrielle  CAN    Angerer, Bettina  AUT 
Eskola, Anna Maria  SUI    Connolly, Kate  USA 
Fialova, Drahomira  SUI    Gagnon, Stephanie  CAN 
Gran, Gabriella  SWE    Heikkinen, Jenni  FIN 
Guay, Katie  USA    Johansson, Veronica  SWE 
Hertrich, Nicole  GER    Leet, Kaire  EST 
Huntley, Jamie  USA    Linnek, Lisa  GER 
Ketonen, Kaisa  FIN    Novotna, Ilona  CZE 
Picavet, Marie  FRA    Nygard, Anna  NOR 
Timglas, Katarina  SWE       


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