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32 on-ice officials selected

32 on-ice officials selected

Referees, linesmen for Worlds in Russia known

Published 02.03.2016 23:28 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
32 on-ice officials selected
Referee Konstantin Olenin waves no goal during the Germany-Austria game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The IIHF Officiating Committee has selected 16 referees and 16 linesmen to officiate at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Russia.

Pending formal approval by the on-ice officials, the referees and linesmen listed below will call games at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship that will take place in Moscow and St. Petersburg from 6 to 22 May 2016.

The officials were selected from a list of 63 candidates whose performances in international and domestic competitions were closely observed during the last few months. The referees and linesmen join from 12 different countries.

The group includes both experienced officials combining for 62 World Championship and Olympic participations as well as ten officials who will work for the first time at the top men’s senior World Championship after having previously left their mark at other international events.

Among the most experienced referees is one from the host nation. Konstantin Olenin called games at six World Championships and one Olympics. He officiated the gold medal game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Stockholm and the bronze medal game of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Daniel Piechaczek from Germany even had one tournament more – 7 World Championships and one Olympics.

Tobias Wehrli from Switzerland also worked in six World Championships but some of them as linesman. He officiated in two gold medal games at the Worlds, last year in Prague as a referee and in 2010 in Cologne as a linesman.

Another official who converted from linesman to referee is Stefan Fonselius from Finland. He was assigned to gold medal games at the 2009 Worlds in Berne and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and returns in Russia to officiate for the first time in six years in a top-level IIHF event.

Referees     Linesmen  
Sidorenko, Maxim  BLR    Chartrand-Piche, Nicolas  CAN 
Iverson, Brett  CAN    Lederer, Vit  CZE 
Frano, Martin  CZE    Lhotsky, Miroslav  CZE 
Jerabek, Antonin  CZE    Nieminen, Pasi  FIN 
Fonselius, Stefan  FIN    Suominen, Sakari  FIN 
Rantala, Aleksi  FIN    Ponomarjow, Nikolaj  GER 
Piechaczek, Daniel  GER    Kilian, Jon  NOR 
Gebei, Peter  HUN    Lazarev, Gleb  RUS 
Gofman, Roman  RUS    Otmakhov, Alexander  RUS 
Olenin, Konstantin  RUS    Fluri, Nicolas  SUI 
Wehrli, Tobias  SUI    Kaderli, Roman  SUI 
Wiegand, Marc  SUI    Sefcik, Peter  SVK 
Kubus, Jozef  SVK    Malmqvist, Andreas  SWE 
Bjork, Tobias  SWE    Pihlblad, Henrik  SWE 
Ohlund, Linus  SWE    McIntyre, Fraser  USA 
Mayer, Timothy  USA    Ritter, Judson  USA 


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