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NOHA Keith Barton Memorial Award (Most Promising Official) - Gabe Hare

Every year, the NOHA recognizes the many Officials and Volunteers who contribute to the game in Northern Ontario. Traditionally, these individuals are recognized at the NOHA Annual General Meeting, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be acknowledging all award winners via the NOHA website and our various social media platforms from April 14 to April 23, 2020.

Keith Barton Memorial Award (Most Promising Official) – Gabe Hare (M’Chigeeng)

Gabe Hare from M’Chigeeng wrapped up his first year as an NOHA official and has shown tremendous dedication, growth, and maturity. Gabe is always eager to learn and has demonstrated this through his attentiveness when being given feedback and learning from others. Gabe is the only official in his community, and although it would be easy to decline or turn back games, Gabe accepts whatever comes his way so that hockey games may continue in M’Chigeeng. As a first-year official, Gabe progressed from Novice to Atom to Peewee and to lining Bantam. Gabe has had a positive impact on his community and officiating has given him a new prospective on the game of hockey. The NOHA would like to congratulate Gabe Hare on being named the 2019-2020 Keith Barton Memorial Award winner.

About the Keith Barton Memorial Award (Most Promising Official)

A Young Official in their first, second or third year of officiating, as being the best rookie

The following are additional guidelines for consideration when nominating an Official:

  • Should be between 14 and 18 years of age

  • Someone who has shown an interest and dedication to officiating in your District

  • Has shown improvement through supervision

  • Eager to assist wherever they can, willing to take on games with very short notice

  • Has very good potential to advance to higher levels of hockey

  • A strong skater at the current category they are officiating that will allow them to advance to higher level or an Official that shows improvement in their skating skills by taking power skating sessions

The NOHA would normally pay for the winner’s attendance to the NOHA Development Camp, which is held in Sudbury. Given the event’s cancellation for the 2020 season, the NOHA will instead cover the Official’s registration fee for the 2020/2021 season.


Schedule for announcements

  • April 14, Most Deserving Official – Deborah Topash (North Bay)

  • April 15, Most Improved Official – Nicholas Folz (Sault Ste. Marie)

  • April 16, Most Promising Official (Keith Barton Memorial Award) – Gabe Hare (M’Chigeeng)

  • April 17, Jim Conners Award

  • April 20, Rick F. Albert Memorial Award

  • April 21, Dr. Tom Pashby Trainer of the Year

  • April 22, Ken Neeb Memorial Award

  • April 23, Angus Campbell Merit Award

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