WHL Official Derek Zalaski Receives WHL Milestone Award


    The Western Hockey League announced today WHL Official Derek Zalaski has been honoured with the WHL Milestone Award. Zalaski was recognized by WHL Senior Director, Officiating, Kevin Muench, in a special ceremony prior to tonight’s game between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Lethbridge Hurricanes.
    The WHL Milestone Award is presented to WHL players, coaches, trainers, officials and WHL Championship teams for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the WHL.
    “The Western Hockey League is privileged to have an official of Derek’s calibre,” Muench said. “His commitment and dedication is what has allowed him to enjoy such a successful and enduring career as a WHL Official.” 
    Zalaski, a 42-year-old native of Edmonton, Alta., is a veteran of 21 WHL seasons, having worked 15 as a referee. Over his career, he has skated in over 1,000 WHL regular season games, 10 WHL Championship Series, 15 WHL Conference Championships, two IIHF World Junior Championships (2010, 2012) and two IIHF World Championships (2009, 2013). 
    Zalaski is the second WHL Referee to receive a WHL Milestone Award this season. WHL Referee Reagan Vetter of Saskatoon was honoured earlier this season for his contributions to the WHL.
    Away from the rink, Zalaski has worked for Ford Motor Company for 20 years. He is supported by wife Danielle, and sons Matthew and Ryan.

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