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NHL referee from Summerland to join BCHL’s Officiating Program

Shane Heyer is one of four to work with the program in 2023 to 2024
Shane Heyer, a National Hockey League referee from Summerland, has signed on as one of the development coaches and mentors for the B.C. Hockey League’s Officiating Program. (Contributed)

A National Hockey League referee from Summerland has signed on with the B.C. Hockey League’s Officiating Program for 2023 to 2024.

Shane Heyer is one of four people to sign on to the program.

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The group will work with B.C Hockey League officials, either attending games or watching video, to help them reach their development potential.

Heyer, from Summerland, spent 30 years as an official in the National Hockey League from 1988 to 2018. He worked more than 2,000 games as a referee and line official, as well as 214 playoff games, including six Stanley Cup finals.

He was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019 and is now employed by the NHL as an officiating manager.

“I’m a proud graduate of the BC Hockey League,” said Heyer. “I worked there from 1982 to 1988. It’s always exciting when I see other officials come out of the BCHL and advance in the game. I’m honoured to be able to help out young officials in B.C. in any way I can.”

Others to sign on with the program are Kelly Sutherland, Jay Sharrers and Steve Piotrowski.

Sutherland has been an NHL official since 2000 and has refereed in 10 Stanley Cup finals and numerous international events.

Sharrers became the NHL’s first Black official when he joined the league as a line official in 1990. He has officiated more than 1,600 regular season games and more than 200 post-season games including seven Stanley Cup finals.

Piotrowski has officiated in the NCAA’s Central Collegiate Hockey Association for 26 years.

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