Larry Krause, a born and raised Fraser Valley resident and BC Hockey Officiating Development Facilitator, has been recognized with Hockey Canada’s Officiating Award.
The honour is given to an individual for their “outstanding contribution to officiating and for their notable impact on the game at the member and national levels.”
Krause was thrilled to receive the award, but insisted there are others who deserve just as much credit for the advancement of hockey officiating in B.C.
“Randy Henderson was the chair of the board for B.C. Hockey and he’s since been inducted into the Hockey Canada fraternity and he’s a member of the board there,” Krause said. “He has been a tremendous supporter of the officiating program in B.C. and the change to equip, mentor and teach referees.
“Other administrations and administrators before him tried, but didn’t have the resources. What’s happened now is we now have resources like we’ve never seen before and we’re seeing the results.”
Krause has invested thousands of hours into training officials in B.C., travelling to every corner of the province on his mission.
“When I’m able to travel the province on behalf of the officiating program, that obviously costs money,” he said. “That revenue was never there before and now it is, and that starts with Randy and our current B.C. Hockey CEO, Barry Petrachenko.
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