‘He is a role model’
“It’s a proud moment for me for sure,” Russell said.
Russell feels like Hill is a “student of officiating.”
“He has the whole package,” he said. “He has the size, the attitude and the skating ability. Tyler has the potential to go a long way, and I mean the NHL.”
Hill feels like this selection will enable Newfoundland referees to gain more notice in the national spotlight.
“Newfoundland definitely goes under the radar a bit,” he said. “It looks good on us.”
Russell feels like Hill’s selection is a big boost to officiating in Newfoundland.
Though there are a lot of high quality officials in the province, it is “tough to get them breaks,” Russell said.
The selection also shines a profile on the Bay Arena referee’s association.
“It kind of says, ‘ hey they’re doing some good things out there,’” said Hill.
The association already exhibits success based on the reviews he has heard from par-
ents, coaches and players on visiting teams, according to Hill.
“There are going to be a lot of kids watching from home,” said Russell. “He is a role model.”