Wednesday, November 29, 2017
BC Hockey officials Brett Iverson (Richmond) and Nathan Vanoosten (Surrey) have been selected by the IIHF Officiating Committee to skate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Korea, February 14-25, 2018.
Iverson has been selected as a referee and Vanoosten as a linesman for the tournament.
Iverson started officiating in 1997 and has gone on to establish himself as one (1) of BC Hockey’s and Hockey Canada’s most accomplished officials. He received his Hockey Canada Level VI certification in 2011 and received his first IIHF assignment in 2015 when he officiated at the World U18 Championship in Switzerland. He has also officiated multiple Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects games, Subway Super Series games and was selected for the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Ed Chynoweth Cup from 2013 – 2015. Brett represented the WHL at two (2) consecutive Memorial Cups in London, Ontario (2014) and Quebec City, Quebec (2015), where he officiated in the championship game. He also refereed the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2017 IIHF World Championship. Iverson was the recipient of the BC Hockey Official of the Year in 2016.
Vanoosten began officiating at age 12 in 1995 with the Burnaby Winter Club and received his Hockey Canada Officiating Program Level VI certification in 2007. Nathan progressed through the BC Hockey Above Minor Officiating Program while serving as a BC Hockey instructor and linesman in the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), the BC Hockey League (BCHL) and USports league. He is also a current WHL linesman and has officiated in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition to officiating special event games for the CHL, he has also been selected previously for various Hockey Canada National Championships and IIHF events, including the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship and 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Vanoosten also officiated at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2017 IIHF World Championship. Following Iverson, he was named the BC Hockey Official of the Year in 2017.
In total, 47 on-ice officials from 13 different countries got the call for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The 12-team men’s tournament will be handled by 14 referees and 14 linesmen. The eight (8) team women’s tournament will be officiated by 10 referees and nine (9) linespersons.
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