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Episode 37 - Tommy George

On this episode of the Team Stripes podcast, we get to speak with one of the top linesman in the United States, Tommy George. Tommy has an impressive background having worked across a variety of leagues, but most notably the AHL and NCAA - and has worked several frozen fours. He is also well known for making the Olympics in Sochi - one of the few non-NHL officials that was selected. Tommy is an awesome guy both on and off the ice - and he was gracious enough to share his experiences with...


Episode 36 - Training for Officials ft. Kyle Kostynski

On this episode we bring in a trainer named Kyle Kostynski, who has helped Team Stripes in providing training tips and advice. During the episode, we talk about what officials should be doing to maximize their fitness and improve peak performance. We talk about nutrition as well! This episode is a must-listen! Especially for those officials aspiring to higher levels.


Episode 35 - Ross Beck (A Team Stripes Academy Student)

On the podcast, we like to interview officials from all different levels. This week is no exception. On this episode we talk with Ross Beck who is an up-and-coming official in Connecticut. Ross is a member of Team Stripes Academy. During the episode, we talk about his perspective as an up-and-coming official, and ask him his insights on what he faces as an official. Some of the topics include the challenges he faces, the type of feedback he appreciates from supervisors and much more! This...


Episode 34 - Olympic Official Jess Leclerc

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Jess Leclerc, a high-level female official who works several different leagues, including a trip to the Olympics in South Korea. She talks about her rapid ascention in the international officiating ranks, going from working the U18's in Buffalo to the Olympics a few years later. Jess also works several leagues based while she is based out of her home state of Maine, including NCAA and NAHL. Jess also serves as the RIC for amateur hockey in the...


Episode 33 - Ron MacLean

On this episode of the Team Stripes Podcast - we are lucky enough to get to talk with famed Canadian broadcaster Ron MacLean. Ron is well known for being on Hockey Night in Canada alongside Don Cherry - as well as more recently more Rogers Hometown Hockey. While Ron is well known for his work in front of the camera - for 23 years he was also a high-level official, working junior, university, and minor pro levels. On this episode we talk about his career, memorable moments for him, as well...


Episode 32 - Former NHL Linesman Mike Cvik

On episode 32, we talk with former NHL linesman, Mike Cvik. Mike had a long career in the National Hockey League, working more than 1800 games. Some career highlights for him include working the 2002 gold medal game in Salt Lake City between Canada and the United States, Stanley Cup playoffs, and an NHL All-Star game. He is also well known for his size, being a staggering 6'9''. On this episode we talk about his career, memorable games he's worked, his work after his time on the ice, as...


Episode 31 - The Adventures of a Local Linesman with Matt Brady

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Matt Brady - who currently is a top linesman working in the AHL, ECHL, and NCAA. On this chat - we get Matt's insight into the life of a local linesman working in the league's he does. How did he get to that level? What are some of the advantages of being a local liney? What advice do you give other officials? To find out these answers give the episode a listen!


Episode 30 - AHL/OHL Linesman Kevin Hastings

On this episode of the podcast - we chat with longtime American Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League linesman, Kevin Hastings. Kevin is one of the veteran linesman in both leagues, entering his 17th in the AHL and 20th in the OHL. He is also a supervisor in the ECHL. We talk about his career, his passion for officiating, his role as a mentor, and much more!


Episode 28 - Matt Leaf, Director of Officiating Education for USA Hockey

On episode 28, we get to talk with Matt Leaf, USA Hockey's Director of Officiating Education. He has worked for USA Hockey for almost 25 years, primarily in a role where he helps develops officials. In his role he works closely with many Referees-in-Chief across the country. During our discussion with Matt, we talk about his career in officiating education, how development of officials has changed, and how USA Hockey is addressing issues facing officials. This is a great episode - and Matt...


Episode 27 - Olympic Referee Tim Mayer

In this episode we talk to AHL Referee, Olympic Referee, and all-around good guy, Tim Mayer. When it comes to officials to look up to - Tim is a great role model. He has excelled on the ice, having worked in the AHL for a good many seasons, and even got the nod to officiate in the 2018 winter olympics! During the interview, we touch on his career, and talk about those "off-ice" elements like bringing a positive attitude to the rink and getting to know everyone that helps at the rink. Be...


Episode 26 - Stephanie Normand

In this episode, we talk with former high-level official, Stephanie Normand. Stephanie worked the highest ranks of female hockey, including a trip to Torino for the 2006 Olympics. In this episode, Stephanie discusses her career, the hurdles she had to overcome, as well as advice she has for female officials. Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram:


Episode 25 - AHL Linesman and PEOC Director Zach Roberts

In this podcast we talk with Zach Roberts - who works in the AHL and ECHL (among other leagues). He is also well known for his work running the Pittsburgh Elite Officiating Camps and other programs for officials. Zach is a great guy who has a lot of great advice for aspiring officials. Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram:


Episode 24 - Former NHL Referee Greg Kimmerly

In episode 24, we talk with former NHL referee, Greg Kimmerly. Greg worked for 20 years in the NHL, and has gathered a lot of experience and insight into the art of officiating. During the episode, we ask him a lot of questions that are referee specific, such as what goes into calling a penalty? How do we make impact calls? How do we communicate properly with coaches and players? And how to work together as a group of officials. It's a great episode where Greg shares a lot of great wisdom...


Episode 23 - Darren Kuz (Retention Episode)

In this episode, we speak with Darren Kuz, who is the Regional Coordinator for the North Central zone in Alberta. We reached out to Darren because he has done a great job in recruiting and retaining referees in his area. In fact, his rates of retention are stronger than both the national and provincial rates - and he is trying to make them even better! Tune in to see some of the programs Darren has instituted and some of the advice he has to offer. Like us on Facebook:...


Episode 22 - Andy Hudson (Retention Episode)

In this episode, we talk with Andy Hudson, who is the Development & Education Coordinator for the Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association. Andy has helped to turn around his association from declining numbers of referees, to seeing increasing numbers each year. Andy has a great strategy for retaining referees, and offers lots of great advice for associations in terms of helping their members. This is the 2nd episode in a series on retention. Stay tuned for the last one. Like us on...


Episode 21 - Terrell Rose (Retention Episode)

In this episode, we talk with Terrell Rose, who is now the Director of Referee Development for New England. He is also the lead seminar instructor for Connecticut. We talk about what he says as the main issue facing his referees, and what he thinks we can do to improve retention. This is the first episode in a series on referee retention. Stay tuned for a few more to follow. Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram:


Episode 20 - Michel Voyer, California Referee School

On this episode, we talk with Michel Voyer, who is the director of the California Referee School. Heading into their 30th anniversary of the camp, Michel talks about how he started the yearly tradition and how it became so popular for referees. He also talks about advice for making learning fun for referees, and advice for coaching officials. This is a great episode that you won't want to miss! You can find out more about his camp here: Like us on Facebook:...


Episode 19 - Wayne Bonney

For this episode we interview former WHA/NHL Linesman, Wayne Bonney. Wayne got an early start to officiating, and reached the WHA at the tender age of 18. He encountered quite a bit of success and got to work the WHA finals before making the switch to the NHL along with five other WHA officials. Wayne had a trememdous career, working almost 2,500 games, including five trips to the Stanley Cup Finals. He remains one of only two officials, alongside Bill Friday, to have accomplished this...


Episode 18 - Andy McElman

In episode 18, we talk with former NHL linesman Andy McElman. Andy worked 1500 NHL games, actually retiring on his 1500th game. He has a unique journey because he was released by the NHL, before working his way back into the league. Andy has worked an NHL All-Star game, the Winter Classic in Wrigley Field, as well as the Olympic games in Sochi. He is currently the director of officiating for the SPHL. Andy gives a lot of credit to USA Hockey for his on-ice success. Like us on Facebook:...


Episode 17 - Keith Kaval (AHL/KHL/IIHF Referee)

In episode 17, we are joined by Keith Kaval. Keith was the first North American referee to work in the KHL. Prior to that Keith has worked in the AHL, ECHL, NCAA, IIHF, among other leagues. He is currently the director of officiating for the NAHL. In this episode, Keith shares his refereeing journey, talking about how he started out in goalie skates, to working professionally, to working high-profile tournaments like the World Juniors and World Championships. He shares some great stories...