The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has announced the officials assigned to the 2018 IIHF World Championship, a list that includes OHL linesman Dustin McCrank who is one of four Canadians scheduled to work.
Officials working international competitions for all but the 2018 IIHF World Championship were announced by the IIHF in October, and counted 22 Canadians. The assignments for the 2018 IIHF World Championship hosted in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, May 4-20, were released in March.
Although McCrank will be making his first appearance at the IIHF World Championship, his most recent international experience includes this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. McCrank served as a linesman during the tournament and officiated in the bronze-medal game between the United States and the Czech Republic.
The Guelph, Ont., native just finished his 10th OHL season skating in Eastern and Western Conference Championship Series action. He has previously been assigned to the Rogers OHL Championship Series five times including last season before working the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor. He was also a member of the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup Officiating Team in London.
Ensuring that play is kept safe and fair for all sides, officials play a key role in the game. The Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) gives anyone that is interested an opportunity to officiate the sport of hockey. The HCOP offers six levels of officiating that provide basic to extensive training for those interested in officiating.
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