Eleven UK officials will officiate at IIHF World Championship tournaments in the 2017/18 season.
The selections by the sport’s governing body to the high-profile tournaments is recognition of the high standards of UK officials.
Ice Hockey UK’s referee-in-chief, Joy Johnston, said: “Congratulations to our officials who have been assigned an international tournament this year from the IIHF.
“We continue to do well internationally and recognition of this is the number of officials who have been assigned to an IIHF World Championship event.
“We have had 11 of our officials called up for international duty as part of the IIHF world championship programme.
“The better they perform at their events the more likely we will be in the future to get international assignments for our officials.
“I’m sure they will do us proud. Good luck to everyone and enjoy the opportunity and experience.
“Also a special mention to Faye Andrews who has joined our group of IIHF licensed officials, so we could start her on her IIHF journey.
“She will be going to Spain at the beginning of November to officiate at the Four Nations women’s tournament where the GB national team will compete.
“This is the first step for Faye in her IIHF journey and so we wish her well and hope it will lead to more events and IIHF championships in the future.”
Full IIHF assignments list – referees
Liam Sewell – Men’s World Championship Division 1 Group B in Lithuania – 22nd April to 28th April 2018
Stefan Hogarth – Men’s World Championship Division 3 Qualification in Bosnia – 27th February to 2nd March 2018
Dean Smith – Men’s U18s World Championship Division 2 Group B in Croatia – 24th March to 30th March 2018
Tom Pering – Men’s U18s World Championship Division 3 Group A in Turkey – 26th March to 1st April 2018
Deana Cuglietta – Women’s U18s World Championship in Russia – 6th January to 13th January 2018
Linesmen and lineswomen
Daniel Beresford – Men’s World Championship Division 3 in South Africa – 16th April to 22nd April 2018
James Kavanagh – Men’s U18s World Championship Division 1 Group B in Ukraine – 14th April to 20th April 2018
Andrew Dalton – Men’s U20s World Championship Division 2 Group A in Dumfries – 10th December to 16th December 2017
Ally Flockheart – Men’s U20s World Championship Division 2 Group A in Dumfries – 10th December to 16th December 2017
Amy Lack – Women’s World Championship Division 1 Group B in Italy – 8th April to 14th April 2018
Leigh Hetherington – Women’s U18 World Championship Division 1 Group A in Italy, 8th January to 14th January 2018.
If you’re interested in becoming an ice hockey official, the next level one officiating course takes place in Dundee on Sunday, 19th November.
(Image permission: Stuart Gardiner)