CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Monday that former long-time National Hockey League official Brad Lazarowich has been named to the newly created position of CJHL Director of Officiating.
Lazarowich brings a wealth of experience to the role that featured a three-decade run working as a linesman in the NHL.
With close to 2,000 games worked in regular season action, over 200 playoff contests, including three Stanley Cup Finals, World Cup of Hockey and NHL All-Star Games to his credit, Lazarowich offers a multitude of experiences to call upon in joining the CJHL.
He also recently served in a similar director of officiating capacity with the BCHL, one of the 10 member leagues that comprise the CJHL.
Among his duties as CJHL director of officiating will be to represent the league with Hockey Canada on playing rule advisement and differentiation; assisting with the selection of officials for CJHL events such as the National Jr. A Championship, its four regional championships (Fred Page Cup; Dudley-Hewitt Cup, ANAVET Cup & Doyle Cup) along with the World Junior A Challenge.
Lazarowich will also be responsible for compiling a national depth chart on qualified officials working CJHL Leagues across Canada and pockets of the U.S.
"We are extremely fortunate to be able to bring an individual of Brad’s experience to the position,” stated CJHL president Brent Ladds. “He shares our vision on developing young officials and ensuring our officials throughout the CJHL are versed on our player safety concerns and game management philosophies," added Ladds.
For his part, Lazarowich looks forward to his newly minted role within the CJHL.
"I would like thank the CJHL Executive and its commissioners for the opportunity to come on board and to assist in aiding and enhancing its officiating program across the country,” offered Lazarowich.
“The CJHL is an important step, not only for the players, coaches and staff members, but for the officials to develop and to excel to other levels of hockey. With the combined efforts within the CJHL and Hockey Canada, the officiating program will continue to grow and develop skilled and professional officials.”