12 referees and 10 linesmen have been named for the Women’s Worlds in Halifax and Truro and the same number for the U18 Worlds in Frisco and Plano.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in place, the number of on-ice officials from the host country is slightly higher than usual. However, both tournaments will also include a significant number of international referees and linesmen joining from abroad in agreement with the participating teams. The nominations from the IIHF Officiating Committee have been approved by the IIHF Council. The nominated referees and linesmen come from 11 different countries.
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For the Women’s Worlds it’s the last big tournament for players and officials before the Olympics but not the last chance to shine as several Olympic Qualification tournaments are planned between August and November.
“Due to the situation with the pandemic we were forced to work on an alternative scenario for the game officials selection. However, the door for the Beijing Olympics is still not closed and we will use all given opportunities in the nearest future to evaluate European game officials for the process,” said Marta Zawadzka, co-chair of the IIHF Officiating Committee and IIHF Council member.
“The highest quality and performance of the game officials without compromise is the goal at both tournaments and the officiating committee is convinced that we will achieve this goal with the assigned referees and linesmen,” said IIHF Officiating Manager Danny Kurmann.
The U18 Worlds will be played from 26 April to 6 May followed by the Women’s Worlds from 6 to 16 May.
The game officials for the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be played from 21 May to 6 June in Riga, Latvia, will be nominated at a later date.