The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has assigned the on-ice officials for the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, and for the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in Astana, Kazakhstan.
With the final selections, all assignments for the World Championship events in various categories and levels in spring have been confirmed.
16 referees and 16 linesmen will call the games at this year’s flagship event in Slovakia. The 32 on-ice officials come from 14 different countries, with Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and the United States leading the way with four nominations each. Officials from non-participating countries include a referee and a linesman from Belarus and a linesman from the Netherlands. With Peter Stano, one referee from the host nation Slovakia made the cut as well. He came back into the program after switching from linesman to referee a few years ago.
Aleksi Rantala from Finland is the most experienced referee with five previous World Championships and one Olympics. Roman Gofman from Russia has also officiated in five World Championships. Martin Frano officiated in four Worlds as did the two linesmen Gleb Lazarev and Miroslav Lhotsky.
The 2019 Worlds is also the start of a new Olympic cycle with young officials joining the crew. For referees Stano, Manuel Nikolic, Yevgeni Romasko, and Jeremy Tufts it will be their first top-level men’s World Championship, while five linesmen will also officiate at that level for the first time. Romasko returned to Russia half a year ago after having worked for four seasons in the NHL, where he officiated 66 NHL games, and the AHL.
In addition to the 32 on-ice officials who will work in Slovakia, the IIHF also selected seven referees and seven linesmen for the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in Kazakhstan, where the best countries outside of the top-level Worlds will battle for promotion to the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland.
The top-two men’s events of the program are the last two where referees and linesmen have been assigned. The performance of the candidates were evaluated by the IIHF Officiating Committee during the season in international and national competitions until the recent nominations.
|2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship|
|Bjork, Tobias||SWE||Dalton, Andrew||GBR|
|Frano, Martin||CZE||Golyak, Dmitri||BLR|
|Gofman, Roman||RUS||Hancock II, William||USA|
|Gouin, Oliver||CAN||Jensen, Rene||DEN|
|Hribik, Jan||CZE||Kaderli, Roman||SUI|
|Iverson, Brett||CAN||Lazarev, Gleb||RUS|
|Kaukokari, Mikko||FIN||Leermakers, Joep||NED|
|Nikolic, Manuel||AUT||Lhotsky, Miroslav||CZE|
|Ohlund, Linus||SWE||Malmqvist, Andreas||SWE|
|Rantala, Aleksi||FIN||McCrank, Dustin||CAN|
|Reneau, Stephen||USA||Nikulainen, Lauri||FIN|
|Romasko, Yevgeni||RUS||Oliver, Brian||USA|
|Schukies, Gordon||GER||Ondracek, Jiri||CZE|
|Sidorenko, Maxim||BLR||Shishlo, Dmitri||RUS|
|Stano, Peter||SVK||Sormunen, Hannu||FIN|
|Tufts, Jeremy||USA||Vanoosten, Nathan||CAN|