NHL referee Don Van Massenhoven wins award


June 10,2014(ISN) – OTTAWA — Sports Officials Canada announced today that Figure Skating judge Beth
Crane of Burnaby, B.C. and Athletics official Dennis Beerling of Saskatoon, SK have
been named Canada’s top female and male officials, winning the 2014 SOC Awards of
Excellence. They are two of a slate of 4 winners announced by Sports Officials
Canada for its annual awards and Hall of Fame inductions.

Beth Cranes’ career as a Figure Skating judge has spanned over 30 years. Her
officiating record includes 2 World Championships, 16 International Figure Skating
(ISU) event and 6 Canadian Championships. Beth is a qualified ISU Judge and Referee
in singles and pairs, an ISU Technical Controller in singles and has been nominated
for promotion as the latter for pairs as well.

She exudes leadership characteristics at all levels of the sport that are extremely
admirable. Her peers look to her for technical information as well as guidance when
officiating. Beth demonstrates the utmost respect for her peers when in the role of
referee, and has gained international respect for the way she deals with her fellow

She is involved in skating from local club competitions to the World Championships,
as well as through education initiatives for officials of all levels and currently
serves as the Chair of the Skate Canada Officials Development committee. She is a
positive role model for officials not only in the sport of skating, but in all

Dennis Beerling has been officiating Athletics for 50 years. He officiated at the
’76 Olympics, ’78 and ’94 Commonwealth Games, ’83 World Student Games and the 2001
World Championships. As an IAAF Area Technical Official for NACAC (North America,
Central America and Caribbean Area) he has supervised officials at meets in the
NACAC region. He will also be officiating at the 2014 World Youth Games in Columbia.

Domestically, Dennis has also officiated at numerous Canada Games, 7 Western Canada
Games, the Saskatchewan Summer Games and the 2004 Junior Nationals. In addition to
Athletics, Dennis was a registered softball umpire for over 15 years and served on
numerous boards and leagues in fostering softball locally and internationally.

Dennis has mentored many officials over the years and has been instrumental in the
development of the Officials Mentoring Program and served as an instructor. As a
level 5 Starter, Dennis has mentored and guided many new starters. He has served on
the Athletics Canada Officials Committee for 8 years.

He is the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Saskatoon Citizen of the Year,
2001 Saskatchewan Athletics Official of the Year, 2000 Athletics Canada Official of
the Year, 1987 Athletics Canada Officials Wall of Honour and, the 1982 Saskatoon
Kinsmen Sportsman of the year.
Dennis worked as an educator and administrator for the SK schools. He continues to
volunteer his time to the arts community in Saskatoon where he founded the Saskatoon
Gateway Players and Theatre for Children.

Wayne Pomario of Vancouver, BC from the sport of Cycling is this years’ inductee in
the Builder Category and winner of the Allen G. Rae Builders Award.

Wayne has been involved in the sport of cycling for 23 years as a competitor,
organizer, administrator and official. As an official Wayne has served at all
levels. He qualified as an International Cycling Union (UCI) official in 1997 with
the highest marks in the class. He is qualified internationally in the Road and
Track disciplines, as a national Cyclo-cross official and as a provincial A level
MTB official.

He has served as a member of the panel and chief commissaire at many international,
national and provincial level events, including numerous Road, Track and Cyclo-cross
National Championships. Highlights include being the chief official at five separate
World Championships and being appointed to the panel at three others; his selection
as the chief official at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games; being the number two
official at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and in 2010 being the chief official at the
Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Wayne is the first North American official to be
appointed as the chief official for a Pro Tour event. He has also been selected as
the International Technical Delegate for the road and track cycling events at the
2015 Pan Am Games.

Wayne is involved in the development of rules and regulations for the International
Cycling Union. He has served, and continues to serve on a number of working groups
in this regard. He designed a training course that has been used to train national
level officials in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia and has
presented this course a number of times in South Africa. He also designed the
current British Columbia official’s course, which has been used since 2000 in BC.

Sports Officials Canada also presents the Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional
Excellence. The award this year goes to NHL Hockey referee Don Van Massenhoven of
Strathroy, Ontario.

Don has been refereeing since he was 15. He began officiating in the Ontario Hockey
League where he was first a linesman and in 1989 became a referee. Before coming to
the NHL, Don served as an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police for 10 years.
More than two decades after getting the call informing him he would be working his
first NHL game, he still sees numerous parallels between his careers in officiating
and law enforcement.

His first game was November 11, 1993. With less than 24 hours’ notice, and while
on duty with the OPP, Don was asked to fill in for another official. The rookie
headed to Boston, where the Bruins hosted the Edmonton Oilers. He handed out 56
minutes in penalties during a game which included 4 fights.

From there, Don went on to have a spectacular career spanning 23 years with the NHL.
He refereed 1277 regular season games, 89 playoff games and 5 conference finals.
Don has refereed at all levels for the NHL representing them in World Cup, Challenge
Cup and All Star Game play. In addition, he was selected to officiate at the 2006
Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy and was chosen to referee at the first Winter
Classic between Pittsburgh and Buffalo in 2007.

Don has been involved in the community on different levels including hosting a ball
tournament for years, raising funds for great causes. He also has been part of
management and most recently President of the very successful Strathroy Rockets
hockey team. He was an NHLOA executive member for many years and also was one of
the founders of the association’s website, all this on his personal time once again
showing his passion and commitment to the group and career.

With nearly two decades of NHL service under his belt, Don has earned quite a bit of
respect around the league not only from his fellow officials, but also from the
players and coaches. He worked his final game on April 4th 2014, at the Joe Louis
Arena in Detroit in a game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Detroit Red Wings. He
isn’t done with hockey, as he will continue as President of the Strathroy Rockets
Junior B team.

The awards will be presented on Saturday September 27, 2014 at the Sports Officials
Canada Hall of Fame Dinner, being held in conjunction with their annual conference
at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.