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National honour shows promise for this Prince George referee

Danika Kroeker’s experience this past year recognized by Hockey Canada
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Danika Kroeker of Prince George suited up as a lineswoman during the 2019 Canada West playoffs for women's hockey (via Facebook/Danika Kroeker)

Hockey Canada makes the call.

Prince George’s Danika Kroeker has been recognized by the national governing body for our country's favourite pastime for her work in the 2018-19 season on the ice as a referee.

The 20-year-old Level Three lineswoman is the recipient of the Most Promising Official Award based on a couple of key debuts for herself in a zebra’s uniform.

Kroeker laced up in the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) for the first time this year, and was one of four female officials that got to ref the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.

She was even selected to officiate in the bronze medal game of the women’s tournament at the Games.

“It means so much so be chosen to go,” Kroeker told PrinceGeorgeMatters in an earlier interview. “A national event was my next goal and to be able to actually achieve that and go to an event that is held only every four years means so much.”

The now eight-year veteran official also got the opportunity to ref in the 2019 Canada West playoffs for university hockey.

Other recent accomplishments for Kroeker include:

  • Instructing a B.C. Hockey Summer Officiating School in Osoyoos
  • Officiating in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League, B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA, Junior Women's Hockey League, and U Sports
  • Officiating the 2017 Midget female provincial championship gold medal game

- with files from Jessica Fedigan, Prince George Matters




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Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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