Austrian referee Christian Wohlgenannt passed away on Saturday at age 46 after a short and severe disease.
Wohlgenannt started his career in 1984 and officiated games as a linesman in the Austrian top league from 1986 to 1996. He became referee in 1996 and worked as such until he finished his active career in 2006. He then worked for the Austrian Referee Committee as Chief Instructor, Supervising Coordinator and also as a Deputy Referee in Chief of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association.
During his 22-year long career he officiated more than 1100 games, including many final games in the Austrian top league as well as various international tournaments since 1992 including 21 games as an IIHF referee.
“Christian will not only remain in our memories as one of the best Austrian referees, but also as a wonderful sportsman and very good friend,” said Martin Labitzke, Austria’s Referee in Chief.