November 27, 2020 3:23pm
A former Sarnia Sting participant is amongst six Ontario Hockey League officers chosen to work the World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton from December 25, to January 5, 2021.
Ben O’Quinn, who performed three seasons with the Sting from 2007 to 2010, was chosen by the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and Hockey Canada.
The Woodstock native joins fellow OHL linesmen Matt Ceko of St. Catharines, Adam Harris of Hamilton, Matt Mannella of Niagara Falls, and referees Carter Sandlak of London and Tyson Stewart of Almonte.
The IIHF Officiating Committee determined to pick an all-Canadian line-up of 26 officers – 14 referees and 12 linesmen. The choice was made to make sure the well being and security of all members as a result of COVID-19 and present journey restrictions.
“As a League, we’re thrilled to see these six officers get the chance to officiate within the prestigious World Junior Hockey Championship,” stated OHL Director of Officiating Conrad Haché. “Identical to the gamers competing, this can be a distinctive alternative for these officers and one they’ve labored very laborious to realize.”
All six officers are merchandise of the Hockey Canada Officiating Program, which incorporates six ranges of certification and is the muse for the coaching and improvement of officers throughout Canada.