The 2016 IIHF World Championship begins May 6 in Russia.  Games with be held in Moscow and St. Petersburg through May 22.  Some officiating assignments of note:


Referee Timothy Mayer, the only American to wear armbands in the tourney, is a six-year veteran of the AHL. He and linesman Fraser McIntyre, also an AHL official, previously worked the 2015 World Championships and the 2014 World Juniors in Malmo, Sweden. Linesman Judson Ritter has also seen international action in the 2015 World Juniors. Ritter currently works games in the AHL and ECHL. 


Canada will be represented by referee Brett Iverson and linesman Nicolas Chartrand-Piche, both of whom worked the 2016 World Juniors.  Iverson has also handled the 2015 Under 18 World Championships in Switzerland along with CHL Top Prospects game, WHL Finals from 2013-2015, and the Memorial Cup Championships in 2014 and 2015; he currently referees in the WHL.  Piche is a linesman in the QMJHL.    


From the IIHF:

The officials were selected from a list of 63 candidates whose performances in international and domestic competitions were closely observed during the last few months. The referees and linesmen join from 12 different countries.

The group includes both experienced officials combining for 62 World Championship and Olympic participations as well as ten officials who will work for the first time at the top men’s senior World Championship after having previously left their mark at other international events.

Among the most experienced referees is one from the host nation. Konstantin Olenin called games at six World Championships and one Olympics. He officiated the gold medal game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Stockholm and the bronze medal game of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Daniel Piechaczek from Germany even had one tournament more – 7 World Championships and one Olympics.

Tobias Wehrli from Switzerland also worked in six World Championships but some of them as linesman. He officiated in two gold medal games at the Worlds, last year in Prague as a referee and in 2010 in Cologne as a linesman.

Another official who converted from linesman to referee is Stefan Fonselius from Finland. He was assigned to gold medal games at the 2009 Worlds in Berne and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and returns in Russia to officiate for the first time in six years in a top-level IIHF event.


The full list of officials assigned to the tournament:


Tobias Bjork (SWE)

Stefan Fonselius (FIN)

Martin Frano (CZE)

Peter Gebei (HUN) First HUN at WC?

Roman Gofman (RUS)

Brett Iverson (CAN)

Antonin Jerabek (CZE)

Josef Kubus (SVK)

Timothy Mayer (USA)

Linus Ohlund (SWE)

Konstantin Olenin (RUS)

Daniel Piechaczek (GER) – Howe many?

Aleksi Rantala (FIN) – KHL guys?

Maxim Sidorenko (BLR)

Tobias Wehrli (SUI)

Marc Wiegand (SUI)


Nicolas Chartrand-Piche (CAN)

Nicolas Fluri (SUI)

Roman Kaderli (SUI)

Jon Killian (NOR)

Gleb Lazarev (RUS)

Vit Lederer (CZE)

Miroslav Lhotsky (CZE)

Andreas Malmquist (SWE)

Fraser McIntyre (USA)

Pasi Nieminen (FIN)

Alexander Otmakhov (RUS)

Henrik Pihlblad (SWE)

Nikolaj Ponomarjow (GER)

Judson Ritter (USA)

Peter Sefcik (SVK)

Sakari Suominen (FIN)