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Ian Walsh Officiates His 1,000th NHL Game

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Ian Walsh 100th NHL Game
Celebrating Ian Walsh's 1000th NHL Game, left to right: Steven Walkom, Connor McDavid, Claude Giroux, Brad Kovachik, Chris Rooney, Ian's mother, Ian Walsh, Margo Walsh, Clarke Walsh, Bill Walsh, and Tony Sericolo

Congratulations to Ian Walsh for refereeing his 1,000th NHL game in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Ian is originally from Philadelphia, and he had a lot of friends and family in the building that day.

Ian has given tirelessly to the development of hockey officiating in the Atlantic District of USA Hockey, USA Hockey in general, and the IIHF. Many young American officials have had Ian as a mentor at some point in their careers

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SafeSport Training Renewal is Easier if Completed by September 27

Attention all returning USA Hockey Officials!

If you already have a SafeSport certification and are due for renewal this year, you can take a shorter (35-minute) refresher course which will be good for two additional years. However, that training must be completed by Wednesday, September 27 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

If you don't complete your re-certification by that time, you must repeat the full SafeSport training, which takes 90 minutes.

All of this is due to changes that the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) is making to the training platform used by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

The current SafeSport Training System is located at http://training.teamusa.org/

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Steve Foran Appointed National Tournament Observer

On behalf of the AAHA Officiating Community it is my honor to announce that Steve Foran (Harrington Park, NJ) has been appointed National Tournament Observer for the 2017-2018 season by Jim Doyle, AAHA Referee-In-Chief.

Steve Foran is a long time veteran, with over 40 years of officiating experience. He is from North Jersey, and was an original member of the Board Of Directors of Northeast Ice Hockey Officials Association. He has officiated at every level of competitive hockey including USA Hockey National Championships, college hockey at in the ECA...

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Jim Doyle Appointed Atlantic District Referee-in-Chief

The AAHA is proud to announce that Jim Doyle (Medford, NJ) has been appointed by USA Hockey to serve as the Atlantic District's Referee-in-Chief effectively immediately. Jim brings tremendous experience to the position including a previous 4-year stint as District RIC ending in 1999.

Jim has been serving as a Supervisor of Officials for the ECHL and the AHL for the last ten seasons. He has officiated in over 1300 professional (ECHL and AHL) games, was NHL trainee for four season and worked the 1980's Olympics as well. Jim is very familiar with many of the ch...

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On-Ice Officials Must Comply with Pennsylvania Act 15 Screening Policy

The Atlantic District Officiating Program needs to advise all currently registered officials and officiating candidates of a Pennsylvania law known as Act 15, which requires screening and background check for those persons who are "responsible for a child's welfare or have direct and routine contact with children".

Act 15 applies to all academic institutions, childcare programs as well as youth sports programs, teams and associations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and applies to employees, contractors, and volunteers of those organizations regardless of where they live.

As a result of this new law, the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (a.k.a. The Atlantic District) has established policies that officials who are registered in the Atlantic District must read, understand, and follow, otherwise they will not be permitted to accept officiating assignments.

Therefore, we present the following message from Glenn Hefferan, President of the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association, which we hope you will review and act upon at your earliest convenience.

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Bob Fyrer Named Atlantic District Official of the Year for 2015

Congratulations to Bob Fyrer who was been selected as the AAHA Official of the Year for 2015. Bob is the Atlantic District Officiating Program Regional Coordinator for for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area, and retired as an on-ice official earlier in the 2014-2015 season after a 25 seasons.

Bob spent 17 seasons working as a linesman in the American Hockey League.

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