USA Hockey has announced the officials selected to work the BioSteel All-American Game, which features the top American players eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft.
Referees Logan Gruhl and Jack Young will officiate alongside linesmen Michael Ifkovits and Davids Rozitis.
“These showcase events feature USA Hockey’s up-and-coming talent for not just players, but our officials as well,” said Matt Leaf, director of officiating education for USA Hockey. “These four officials represent the success of our officiating development program, and they have worked hard to earn this opportunity.”
More on the officials from USA Hockey:
Referee Logan Gruhl
The Richmond, Virginia, native has been an official since age 14, and in 2017 he joined the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program. He has previously officiated the 2018 Robertson Cup (NAHL), the 2019 Clark Cup Final (USHL), and most recently the 2022 Kelly Cup Conference Finals (ECHL). Gruhl is in his third fulltime season as an ECHL referee.
Referee Jack Young
The Chicago native is a graduate of the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program, and began as a linesman during the 2018-19 season before transitioning to a referee for the 2019- 20 campaign. He has previously officiated the 2021 NA3HL and NAHL Top Prospect Tournaments, the 2019 and 2021 Fraser Cup
Championships (NA3HL), the 2019 and 2021 Robertson Cup Finals (NAHL), the 2022 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, and the 2023 IIHF Under-20 Men’s World Championship Division 1 Group A. Young is in his third season as an AHL referee, and his second as an ECHL referee.
Linesman Michael Ifkovits
Ifkovits, 27, was born and raised in Bartlett, Illinois. He is currently officiating his fourth season as a linesman in the United States Hockey League and fifth season in USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program. Ifkovits was previously selected for the 2020 and 2021 NAHL Top-Prospects Tournaments, the 2021 and 2022 NA3HL Fraser Cup Finals, the 2021 NAHL Robertson Cup Final, and the 2022 Conference Final in the USHL. In September of 2022, Ifkovits officiated the Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks. Ifkovits played four seasons at Robert Morris University Illinois for the ACHA club hockey team, serving as captain in his senior season. He has been involved with officiating at various levels since he was 13.
Linesman Davids Rositis
Rozitis currently resides in Elka Park, NY. A dual citizen of Latvia and the United States, Rozītis graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is currently at Bellevue University studying a master’s degree in crime management and justice administration. A four-year member of USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program, Rozītis worked as a linesman for the NAHL and USHL before being hired by the ECHL, where he is currently in his third year overall and second full-time. Rozītis also has experience on the international stage, having worked the 2022 IIHF U18 World Championships in Landshut and Kaufbeuren, Germany, and the 2023 IIHF Men’s Under-20 Division 1 Group A Championships in Asker, Norway.
The crew won’t be wearing just any old stripes. A special game calls for some special sweaters.
— USAH Officiating (@USAHOfficiating) January 3, 2023
The game, which will be broadcast on NHL Network, is slated for Monday, January 16, at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. Puck drop is at 4 p.m. Eastern. We know the coaches, we know the players, and now we know who’ll be dropping the puck.
Congratulations to the officials selected to work the USA Hockey All-American Game!