Alumni refs in Israel

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The first World Jewish Ice Hockey Tournament, featuring the Israeli national team competing against squads representing Canada, the United States, and France in a round-robin competition was held in the city of Metulla. The tourney, which was held on Olympic-sized ice at Metulla’s Mercaz Canada [Canada Center] kicked off July 15 and concluded with the gold medal game on July 20.

This tournament will carry significance beyond the game results, as it will showcase Israel as a place where a quality sports event can occur and help counter the prevailing view of a country constantly under siege,” writes Sidney Greenberg, the chairman of the tournament’s organizing committee.

Former NHL Referee Scott Zelkin from Chicago, Illinois officiated in the tournament. Zelkin was an NHLOA member from 1994 to 2003. He officiated in 325 NHL games over that time, his first being April 7, 1997 in Hartford Connecticut. That game was the last for the Hartford Whalers who moved to North Carolina the following season and became the Carolina Hurricanes.

Several other amateur officials from North America joined Zelkin, they include: Jonathan Cohen – Princeton, New Jersey [linesman], Jonathan Meilach – Toronto, Ontario [linesman], David Taveroff – Brome Lake, Québec [linesman]Stéphane Tremblay – Val d’Or, Québec [referee] and Luc Voyer – Sherbrooke, Québec [linesman].