Aleksi Rantala officiated the gold medal game at the recent Olympics, Antonin Jerabek called the last World Championship final. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
16 refs, 16 linesmen for Worlds in Denmark
The International Ice Hockey Federation has named 16 referees and 16 linesmen who will officiate at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark.
The 32 on-ice officials were nominated by the IIHF Officiating Committee from a list of 64 candidates and will call the games at the annual World Championship that will take place in May in Copenhagen and Herning.
12 of the 16 nominated referees and eight of the linesmen also officiated at the recent 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The list of on-ice officials is a mix of veterans and up-and-comping international officials who combine for 74 World Championship participations.
Swiss referee Tobias Wehrli will officiate his ninth World Championship while for Konstantin Olenin from Russia it will be the eighth Worlds and for Czech referee Antonin Jerabek, who called the gold medal game last year, it will be the seventh. The most experiences linesman is Sakari Suominen, who will officiate his seventh World Championship. He was also in the gold medal game last year together with fellow linesman Alexander Otmakhov, who is also back in Denmark.
With referees Mark Lemelin and Aleksi Rantala as well as Suominen, three men from the officiating crew that called the Olympic men’s ice hockey gold medal game last month will also be at the Worlds in Denmark.
The on-ice officials come for 13 different countries. Canada, Finland, Russia and the United States are best represented with four officials each. Also one official from the host country is part of the crew, linesman Rene Jensen, who had his World Championship debut last year.
The on-ice officials at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
|Lemelin, Mark||AUT||Golyak, Dmitri||BLR|
|Gouin, Oliver||CAN||McCrank, Dustin||CAN|
|Iverson, Brett||CAN||Vanoosten, Nathan||CAN|
|Hribik, Jan||CZE||Lhotsky, Miroslav||CZE|
|Jerabek, Antonin||CZE||Jensen, Rene||DEN|
|Kaukokari, Mikko||FIN||Sormunen, Hannu||FIN|
|Rantala, Aleksi||FIN||Suominen, Sakari||FIN|
|Schukies, Gordon||GER||Kohlmuller, Lukas||GER|
|Gofman, Roman||RUS||Kilian, Jon||NOR|
|Olenin, Konstantin||RUS||Lazarev, Gleb||RUS|
|Wehrli, Tobias||SUI||Otmakhov, Alexander||RUS|
|Kubus, Jozef||SVK||Fluri, Nicolas||SUI|
|Ohlund, Linus||SWE||Sefcik, Peter||SVK|
|Sjoqvist, Mikael||SWE||Malmqvist, Andreas||SWE|
|Mayer, Timothy||USA||Davis, Jake||USA|
|Reneau, Stephen||USA||Oliver, Brian||USA|