Officials honoured by BCHL

The junior A BCHL handed out two officiating awards Monday afternoon, recognizing one referee and one linesman.

Jeff Ingram and Bevan Mills have been recognized as elite officials by the BCHL.

Ingram was named the winner of the Kelly Sutherland award as top referee Monday afternoon.

A level-six ref, Ingram worked the BCHL Fred Page Cup this year and was selected to referee in the Western Canada Cup as well. He was assigned the final game between the Surrey Eagles and Brooks Bandits.

Ingram also referees Western Hockey League and CIS games, and officiated the 2013 CIS championships in Saskatoon.

Jeff is a quality referee and person, a top referee in the BCHL for many years who is committed to excellence both on and off the ice,” said BCHL director of officiating Derek Adams. “Jeff has acted as a mentor to our young referees and sets the bar extremely high for the standard of how we want our games to be officiated.”

Mills won the Brad Lazarowich award as the BCHL’s top linesman.

Mills has been a BCHL linesman since 2004 and has worked the last four Fred Page Cup finals.

Like Ingram, he was selected to officiate the Western Canada Cup.

The mark of a great linesman is one who makes the referee’s job easier because he works hard at being proactive in preventing situations from escalating,” Adams said. “Bevan is extremely professional and respectful both on and off the ice and is committed to making the officiating team the best team on the ice every night.”

Mills is also a linesman in the WHL and American Hockey League, and worked the 2013 Memorial Cup tournament in Saskatoon.

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