THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Every Superior International
Junior Hockey League contest features three teams on the ice, in both
competing clubs as well as the officials assigned to work the game.
It is one of those SIJHL officials who has been selected to referee in a prestigious international event.
Adam Blando will represent the SIJHL and Hockey Northwestern Ontario
at the World under-17 Hockey Challenge, which gets underway Saturday in
the Quebec communities of Drummondville and Victoriaville.
Blando was chosen after earlier attending Hockey Canada’s Officiating
Program of Excellence, which helps to identify officials for
high-calibre events, such as the World under-17 Hockey Challenge.
“Adam has worked hard on fine tuning his officiating skills,” stated SIJHL referee-in-chief Gary Nistico.
“He has been one of our most solid young officials, is always willing
to listen and learn and never backs down from a challenge,” added
“Adam will do the SIJHL and HNO proud and we are very lucky to have
him on our officiating staff. We wish him well in this upcoming event.”
The 10-team tournament features five regional U-17 squads from across
Canada taking part as well as the national under-17 teams from Finland,
Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.
The week-long event concludes Jan. 4 with the gold medal game.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)