UMHA Referee of the Year Award Winner, News (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)

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UMHA Referee of the Year Award Winner
Submitted By Karie McDougall on Thursday, April 27, 2017
This year we are delighted to award Kevin Setnyk and Michael Spada with the UMHA Referee of Year Award. 

Kevin Setnyk:

Kevin is 16 years old and attends St. Brother Andre High School.  Kevin has played hockey for the past eight years starting with our house league program before moving into our Jets Select program.   He enjoys hockey so much that he has gone from being on the ice once a week to being on the ice up to seven days a week as a player, instructor and referee.  As a referee, Kevin has learned to be an effective communicator both on and off the ice and has started to mentor some of our newer referees, helping them learn the many nuances of being a referee.  He has been in our officiating program for three years starting as a fourteen-year-old.  He has officiated all age levels up to Peewee and we look forward to seeing him step up to Bantam next season.

Michael Spada:

Michael is 18 years old and has been a referee with the UMHA for the past 4 years.  He got into refereeing because he has a lot of respect for the officials and knew the responsibility placed on a referee was a challenge that he could aspire to.  When you meet Michael, you will remember him since he is always smiling, willing to shake your hand and exhibits the confidence of someone who possesses great leadership skills. Michael started playing hockey 10 years ago in the UMHA and progressed to playing Jets Select where he captained his Tier 1 Bantam team to their division championship win over the North York Knights.  Michael hopes he can inspire our younger players to become referees as well and we know he is definitely a great role model that they can look up to.  He will continue to referee in our program and loves to learn and improve his referee skills. He enjoys calling a fair game and strives to be the best he can be as a referee.

Congratulations to Kevin and Michael!  We look forward to you continuing to referee with the UMHA.

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