Hill to of­fi­ci­ate at world’s

Bay Roberts na­tive a role mode for ref­er­ees, says Ed­die Rus­sell


Pres­sure sit­u­a­tion

When Tyler Hill learned he was se­lected as a lines­man for the world un­der-17 hockey cham­pi­onships in Wind­sor, Ont. from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5, he was shocked.

“I was very, very sur­prised,” the Bay Roberts na­tive said last week.

Hi l l was at hom e whe n h e re­ceived a phone call at 11 p.m.

On the other end was Hockey New­found­land and Labrador ref­eree-in-chief Don Kelly, wait­ing to tell him of his im­pend­ing trip to the tour­na­ment.

“Be­fore the call I was kind of dis­ap­pointed be­cause I didn’t have any­thing yet,” said Hill.

Af­ter go­ing to the Canada Games last win­ter in Halifax, Hill did not think he would be se­lected to go to an­other tour­na­ment on the main­land.

“When you go to the At­lantic Of­fi­ci­at­ing Pro­gram of Ex­cel­lence (AOPOE) you fall un­der a three-year term,” he said.

For three years, ref­er­ees who at­tend the camp have the op­por­tu­nity to go to a high pro­file tour­na­ment.

“I knew there was a pos­si­bil­ity last year that I could be go­ing,” said Hill. “How­ever, sel­dom do ref­er­ees get to go to two tour­na­ments in the three years.”

Hill said Kelly was ex­cited to de­liver the news, telling hill to “do your own thing.”

“He told me I couldn’t tell any­one be­cause the rest of the ref­er­ees hadn’t been in­formed yet,” said Hill.

It was rough for the young of­fi­cial, given his un­der­stand­able ex­cite­ment.

“It was a rough week-and-a-half for keep­ing it a se­cret,” said Hill. “He told me I could tell my par­ents, but that was it.”

Hill ad­mits he is feel­ing the pres­sure of go­ing to a tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing the best un­der-17 hockey tal­ent in the world.

“I feel good but I also feel a lit­tle ner­vous at the same time,” he said. “I don’t re­ally know any­one go­ing and I have the feel­ing I’m go­ing to be the youngest of­fi­cial there.”

Hill fig­ures he is go­ing to go to the tour­na­ment and “skate his ass off.”

“They are go­ing to be a lot more strict up there,” he said. “If you miss a call, they are go­ing to let you know about it, with some choice words mixed in.”

Keep­ing up on his pro­ce­dures man­ual will be some­thing Hill will be fo­cus­ing on over the next month, mak­ing sure every­thing is per­fect for when he goes away.

“I’ve been work­ing out a lit­tle bit,” he said. “I haven’t had a lot of time to tell you the truth.”

Hill knows that per­son­ally, be­ing se­lected, is “a big deal.”

“It’s un­real, there are go­ing to be so many more doors open to me,” he said. “There were doors open be­fore, but it’s all pos­i­tive feed­back.”


With­out Ed­die Rus­sell, Hill ad­mits he might not have got­ten this far.

“I def­i­nitely would not be go­ing with­out his men­tor­ship,” he said.

Rus­sell, the former ref­eree- in­chief at the Bay Arena, said he is ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity that has pre­sented it­self to Hill, and is proud of him.

Bay Roberts na­tive Tyler Hill is seen here es­cort­ing Cor­ner Brook Roy­als de­fence­man Brad Rice to the penalty box dur­ing game ac­tion in Har­bour Grace Nov. 12 at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. Hill has been se­lected to work games in the up­com­ing world un­der17 tour­na­ment from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5 in Wind­sor, Ont.

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