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AHL Aiming to have 10 Female Officials in 2021-22

Ten female officials are set to work games in the American Hockey League this season.

On October 16th, Katie Guay will become the first woman to referee an AHL game. Guay, Kelly Cooke, Jacqueline Zee Howard, Laura White, Samantha Hiller, Elizabeth Mantha and Amanda Tasson and linespeople Kendall Hanley, Kirsten Welsh and Alexandra Clarke are among the female AHL officials this season.

Many of the women participated in officiating combines run by the NHL and AHL, and Guay, Cooke, Welsh and Hanley were selected to work NHL prospect tournaments in 2019.

All 10 female officials went through a mentorship program last year run by the NHL and NHL Officiating Association, which supplemented the on- and off-ice training many got from combines.

Working in the AHL is another step toward the possibility of female officials in the NHL, much like the NFL and NBA already have.

 

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